Eureka College softball

Tom Batters
Jill Doty

Two Redbirds made a big impact on the Red Devils this season.

Eureka college junior Jill Doty and sophomore Carissa Alig, both Metamora High School graduates,  helped lead the Eureka College softball team to a 9-6 SLIAC Conference record and a spot in the conference tournament.

Head coach Stacey Sparks, in her first full season after taking over as interim coach last year, said Doty and Alig exemplify the ideal type of player she needed in order to turn the Red Devils into a winning team.

“They are really good kids. They are great students and I never have to worry about them off the field,” Sparks said. “On the field, they both play hard and they know how to win.”

Doty (third base) and Alig (shortstop) anchor the left side of the infield, but they are both new to those positions.

Doty started out as a first baseman. Alig was a third baseman.

“Carissa is so quick and covers a lot of ground. She adjusted to shortstop really well,” Sparks said. “And Jill plays a great third base for us. The biggest thing with Jill is her leadership. The other players picked her as a captain, and she has helped the younger players adjust to playing college softball.”

Doty was recently named the SLIAC Conference Player of the Week. She went 3-for-7 with five RBIs over three games. She had one triple and scored three runs. In a 12-0 win versus Principia April 21, she 2-for-3 with her first career triple and a career-high five RBI.

In game one of the doubleheader, Doty scored the winning run in Eureka’s 3-2 walk-off victory.

Senior outfielder Amy Scammahorn singled home the winning run in that game.

The Red Devils will play in the SLIAC Conference Tournament, which is Thursday through Saturday in St. Ann, Mo.