Blumenshein selected for regional softball All-Tournament team

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Megan Blumenshein

Orion High School graduate Megan Blumenshein wrapped up her Carl Sandburg College softball career with selection to the Region IV?

All-Tournament team after she helped the Galesburg school finish second in the tournament on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, in Freeport.

To get to the regional tournament, Carl Sandburg had to take a best-of-three series at Kishwaukee on Wednesday, May 2.

In the first game at Malta, Carl Sandburg won 7-1 with Blumenshein hitting 3-for-4 with an RBI?and a double. Kishwaukee took the second game 2-0.

Blumenshein hit 1-for-3. Sandburg won the third game 2-0, thanks partly to Blumenshein hitting 1-for-2 and driving in a run.

When the tournment began on Friday, May 4, the nation’s 15th-ranked team, Black Hawk, edged Sandburg 1-0.

Carl Sandburg won two elimination games, claiming a 2-0 win over the 14th-ranked team, Sauk Valley, on Friday night.

The next day Carl Sandburg topped Illinois Valley College 10-4 in eight innings to reach the championship game.

With a trip to nationals on the line, Black Hawk won 2-0.

Carl Sandburg finished 28-33 after winning 14 of the final 22 games.

Blumenshein was chosen for the Regional All-Star game at College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn. She was named to the All-Arrowhead Conference team.

During the 2012 season, she paced Carl Sandburg in six categories, including RBIs (49), hits (67), doubles (16), triples (eight), batting average (.332) and on-base percentage (.386). She was second in runs (47) and third in stolen bases (12-for-12).

Blumenshein belted one home run. Her fielding average was .941.

During her two years at Carl Sandburg, Blumenshein helped the Chargers add three banners to the gym wall and three plaques to the showcase. Two banners and plaques were in volleyball and one in sofball.

While participating in three sports, including basketball, Blumenshein majored in sociology and minored in criminology. She participated in the criminology honors program during her final semester.

This summer Blumenshein has an internship with Rock Island Court Services.

She has signed a letter of intent to play softball for the University of Central Missouri, which has one of the top three criminal justice programs in the Midwest, and one of the oldest. She will major in criminal justice with a minor in sociology.