Two members of the Nashville Hornettes softball team were selected to play in the very first Southern Illinois Select All-Star Softball Game. Karly Stanowski and Sophie Heck joined some of the best players in Southern Illinois on June 23. Stanowski and Heck were on the black team and joined players from SIRR Conference Rivals. Carterville's Avery English, Baleigh Koester, and Montana Taylor, as well as Pinckneyville's Brooklyn Morrow and Mariah Clark were all on the black team. Emma Banahch from Pinckneyville was on the Blue team. The Black team was coached by Marion's Joy Neal, and Carterville's Will Capie.
Stanowski and Heck were on the winning team, as the Black Team dominated the game winning 10-0. Before the game, Stanowski was able to catch one of two ceremonial first pitches thrown, by Charlotte West. West is known as one of the pioneers of women's college athletics, as she was the director of intercollegiate athletics for women from 1960 until 1986 at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The softball stadium at SIU-C is named after West.