Illinois Wesleyan University sophomore centerfielder Jillian Runyon from Tremont was one of the best players on one of the best NCAA Division III softball teams this season.
Runyon was named the co-Most Valuable Player of the Titans, who finished 37-15 and placed fifth in the Division III tournament.
The MVP honor came on the heels of Runyon being named to the All-Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III All-Great Lakes Region teams for the second straight year.
Runyon led the Titans with a .398 batting average this season and set school records with 57 stolen bases, 61 runs scored and 181 at-bats.
Her 72 hits trails only the school record 77 hits by Brynn Haase in 2003.
After only two seasons at Illinois Wesleyan, Runyon is the school's all-time leader with 98 stolen bases and she's tied for ninth all-time with 105 runs scored.
The 37 victories compiled by the Titans this season tied for the fifth-most in team history and the 52 games they played is second only to the 53 games Illinois Wesleyan played in 2001.
The Titans set team records for at-bats (1,449) and hits (444).
Tee off time
Three big area golf tournaments are on the calendar.
The Tri-County Match Play will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the Tazewell County Amateur will be July 15-16, both at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin.
The Pekin Senior Open will be July 11-12 at Parkview Golf Course in Pekin.
For information, call the Lick Creek clubhouse at 346-0077 or Parkview clubhouse at 346-8494.
Chiefs are 4-0
For the first time in 21 years, the Peoria Chiefs are 4-0 to start the second half of the Midwest League baseball season.
The Chiefs completed a four-game sweep of the Burlington Bees on Sunday, beating the Bees 8-2 at Community Field.
Peoria starter Ian Oxnevard (2-7) allowed two runs on five hits in five innings.
The only downer for the Chiefs was Shane Billings' 0-for-5 showing at the plate that ended his hitting streak at 15 games.
The Chiefs are back home at Dozer Park this week for a four-game series against Beloit that begins Monday night.
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