TriCounty There are two very consistent things about Gigi Macintosh's Morton High School softball teams:
1) They seldom lose a game, and
2) They have played in the title game of the state Class AA softball tournament in two of the last three seasons and have made the final four the last three springs.
Which is why the 12-year Morton coach has been named the Tri-County Female Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
In 1995 Morton finished third in the state, won 35 of 39 games and MacIntosh bagged her first Tri-County award.
This past June, Morton fought Moline into the 10th inning of the title game in Pekin before bowing 3-2, again finishing 35-4.
Morton has gone 106-12 the last three seasons under Macintosh's coaching, raising her career mark at Morton to 274-119.
A graduate of Mt. Zion High School, Macintosh played softball, field hockey, and swam at Eastern Illinois University. She then coached one season at Wilmington High School and two years at Mt. Zion before moving on to Morton where she has made Morton a dominant power in the strong Mid-Illini conference.
There are two very consistent things about Gigi Macintosh's Morton High School softball teams:
This East Peoria native and Spalding ('82) graduate took the Irish to the 1982 state finals before obtaining an industrial engineering degree from Northwestern where he was an All-Big Ten catcher in 1985 and 1986. Drafted in the 5th round MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs, Joe turned a successful major league playing career into a managerial career, first as bench coach of the New York Yankees, and recently as manager of the Florida MarIin.