Illinois State High School Softball Tournament: 1A & 2A

I’m pretty fortunate that I was chosen to intern in a city that hosts as many of the state’s prep sports tournaments as it does, since I hardly had much of a sports portfolio before. With basketball and track & field already under the belt, now softball and baseball reigns. This past weekend was the  start of state high school softball tournament games. Though, I feel like each time I go out most of my action shots are more luck with where my camera is pointed. I’m still working to capture peak action better — moving with the ball and capturing a play in focus from the right angle I’ve found  quite difficult. Most of the time I have my camera pointed to an infield player with my camera and my other eye focused on the hitter to see where the ball will go. Not sure if I’m working in best methods, but for now I think I’ve made some decent images that could just be raised a bit more if I can put myself in the position of capturing more peak action I think. From what you can see below most of my selects are made of just-past peak action or reactionary. This past weekend was Class 1A and 2A games with 3A and 4A coming this weekend. Hopefully I’ll have quicker hands next time around. For now here’s a batch from this past week’s play:

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Mikkinzie Stokes of Notre Dame delivers from the mound on Monday in a Class 3A softball sectional championship game against Metamora at Limestone High School. Notre Dame defeated Metamora 6-4.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Mikkinzie Stokes of Notre Dame delivers from the mound on Monday in a Class 3A softball sectional championship game against Metamora at Limestone High School. Notre Dame defeated Metamora 6-4.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Kali Sanders of Tremont loses control of the ball after Gabbie Morrow of St. Bede slides safely into second base on Friday during a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game at EastSide Center. Tremont defeated St. Bede 6-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Kali Sanders of Tremont loses control of the ball after Gabbie Morrow of St. Bede slides safely into second base on Friday during a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game at EastSide Centre. Tremont defeated St. Bede 6-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Lydia Stariha is unable to catch a foul ball on Friday during a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game against Tremont at EastSide Center. Tremont defeated St. Bede 6-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Lydia Stariha is unable to catch a foul ball on Friday during a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game against Tremont at EastSide Centre. Tremont defeated St. Bede 6-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Ashley Reinbeck of Tremont, right, walks by as Bishop McNamara players celebrate after the last out of the game, defeating Tremont 8-2 in the Class 2A championship game of the IHSA State Softball Tournament on Sunday at EastSide Centre.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Ashley Reinbeck of Tremont, right, walks by as Bishop McNamara players celebrate after the last out of the game, defeating Tremont 8-2 in the Class 2A championship game of the IHSA State Softball Tournament on Sunday at EastSide Centre.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Tremont players react after losing 8-2 to Bishop McNamara and placing second in the Class 2A division of the IHSA State Softball Tournament on Sunday at EastSide Centre.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Tremont players react after losing 8-2 to Bishop McNamara and placing second in the Class 2A division of the IHSA State Softball Tournament on Sunday at EastSide Centre.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Kali Sanders of Tremont looks to tag out Lainie Schweickert of St. Bede on Friday during a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game at EastSide Center. Tremont defeated St. Bede 6-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Kali Sanders of Tremont looks to tag out Lainie Schweickert of St. Bede on Friday during a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game at EastSide Centre. Tremont defeated St. Bede 6-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Jill Runyon of Tremont slides safely back to first base underneath Kyleigh Payne of Bishop McNamara on Sunday in the Class 2A championship game against Bishop McNamara in the IHSA State Softball Tournament at EastSide Centre. Tremont lost 8-2 to Bishop McNamara, taking second place in tournament.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Jill Runyon of Tremont slides safely back to first base underneath Kyleigh Payne of Bishop McNamara on Sunday in the Class 2A championship game against Bishop McNamara in the IHSA State Softball Tournament at EastSide Centre. Tremont lost 8-2 to Bishop McNamara, taking second place in tournament.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Brooke Bolliger throws from the outfield on Friday during a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game against St. Bede at EastSide Center. Tremont defeated St. Bede 6-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Brooke Bolliger throws from the outfield on Friday during a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game against St. Bede at EastSide Centre. Tremont defeated St. Bede 6-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Sydney Bina of Notre Dame holds onto the ball as the home plate umpire calls the force out on Kyler Samp of Metamora on Monday in a Class 3A softball sectional championship game at Limestone High School. Notre Dame defeated Metamora 6-4.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Sydney Bina of Notre Dame holds onto the ball as the home plate umpire calls the force out on Kyler Samp of Metamora on Monday in a Class 3A softball sectional championship game at Limestone High School. Notre Dame defeated Metamora 6-4.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Briley Spencer of Tremont wipes her face in the dugout on Sunday in the Class 2A championship game against Bishop McNamara in the IHSA State Softball Tournament at EastSide Centre. Tremont lost 8-2 to Bishop McNamara, taking second place in tournament.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Briley Spencer of Tremont wipes her face in the dugout on Sunday in the Class 2A championship game against Bishop McNamara in the IHSA State Softball Tournament at EastSide Centre. Tremont lost 8-2 to Bishop McNamara, taking second place in tournament.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Tremont players storm the mound the celebrate after defeating St. Bede 6-3 on Friday in a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game at EastSide Center.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Tremont players storm the mound the celebrate after defeating St. Bede 6-3 on Friday in a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game at EastSide Centre.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Marcy Serrano of Notre Dame tosses the ball to first base on Monday in a Class 3A softball sectional championship game against Metamora at Limestone High School. Notre Dame defeated Metamora 6-4.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Marcy Serrano of Notre Dame tosses the ball to first base on Monday in a Class 3A softball sectional championship game against Metamora at Limestone High School. Notre Dame defeated Metamora 6-4.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  St. Bede playeres look up to Tanner Garey of Tremont after a ball was hit foul on Friday during a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game at EastSide Center. Tremont defeated St. Bede 6-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR St. Bede playeres look up to Tanner Garey of Tremont after a ball was hit foul on Friday during a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game at EastSide Centre. Tremont defeated St. Bede 6-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  ISHA officials and EastSide Center remove the tarp of the rain-soaked field used for the IHSA State Softball Tournament on Saturday at EastSide Center. Rain caused delays and postponements of Class 1A and 2A games scheduled on Saturday.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR ISHA officials and EastSide Centre remove the tarp of the rain-soaked field used for the IHSA State Softball Tournament on Saturday at EastSide Centre. Rain caused delays and postponements of Class 1A and 2A games scheduled on Saturday.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Alexis Massey of Gorveille misses a foul ball on Saturday in the Class 1A third-place game against Illini Bluffs in the IHSA State Softball Tournament at EastSide Center. Illini Bluffs took forth place after losing 13-6 to Goreville.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Alexis Massey of Gorveille misses a foul ball on Saturday in the Class 1A third-place game against Illini Bluffs in the IHSA State Softball Tournament at EastSide Centre. Illini Bluffs took forth place after losing 13-6 to Goreville.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Tara Kunkel of St. Bede snags a ball but was unable to keep hold on Friday during a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game against Tremont at EastSide Center. Tremont defeated St. Bede 6-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Tara Kunkel of St. Bede snags a ball but was unable to keep hold on Friday during a Class 2A IHSA state semifinal game against Tremont at EastSide Centre. Tremont defeated St. Bede 6-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Abby Barrow of Metamora readies to field a play on Monday in a Class 3A softball sectional championship game against Notre Dame at Limestone High School. Notre Dame defeated Metamora 6-4.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Abby Barrow of Metamora readies to field a play on Monday in a Class 3A softball sectional championship game against Notre Dame at Limestone High School. Notre Dame defeated Metamora 6-4.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Notre Dame players watch the game from the dugout on Monday in a Class 3A softball sectional championship game against Metamora at Limestone High School. Notre Dame defeated Metamora 6-4.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Notre Dame players watch the game from the dugout on Monday in a Class 3A softball sectional championship game against Metamora at Limestone High School. Notre Dame defeated Metamora 6-4.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Players from Illini Bluffs wait to start the game on Friday in the IHSA Class 1A state softball semifinal game against Milledgeville at EastSide Center. Milledgeville defeated Illini Bluffs 10-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Players from Illini Bluffs wait to start the game on Friday in the IHSA Class 1A state softball semifinal game against Milledgeville at EastSide Centre. Milledgeville defeated Illini Bluffs 10-3.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  From left, senior players of Illini Bluffs Jaycee Johnson and Nicole Russell hug after losing 13-6 to Goreville and placing fourth in the Class 1A division of the IHSA State Softball Tournament on Saturday at EastSide Center.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR From left, senior players of Illini Bluffs Jaycee Johnson and Nicole Russell hug after losing 13-6 to Goreville and placing fourth in the Class 1A division of the IHSA State Softball Tournament on Saturday at EastSide Centre.

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