March 10, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CLERMONT, FLA. – The John A. Logan College softball team wrapped up its Spring Break trip to Florida Monday with a doubleheader sweep of Fisher College, an NAIA school from Boston, 12-0 and 9-1. Both games went five innings due to the eight-run rule.

The Volunteers head back home to Southern Illinois today after compiling a 4-4 record.

In Game One, Jennifer Bailey started the game and was the winning pitcher. The freshman worked three innings, gave up three hits, and struck out five. Sophomore Corrine Wilson hurled the final two frames, allowing only one hit.

Logan hammered four home runs in the game, including three in succession with Kiley Pelker, Kelsey Robinson and Bailey. In fact, Bailey hit a second homer and drove in three runs altogether. Also collecting hits were Amanda Evinger (triple and RBI) and Brook Robbins

In the second game, Jolyn Lake earned the win to improve to 3-0 on the spring. The sophomore from Okawville worked three innings, surrendered two hits, and struck out one. Brittney Pritchett tossed the final two innings and allowed but one hit.

Offensively, sophomore outfielder Madison Craig of Murphysboro knocked out three hits with a double, stolen base and three runs scored. Pelker, a Nashville product, also rapped out three hits, drove in three and scored two.

Kaylyn Winders accounted for two hits and an RBI. Robinson, Evinger and Katrina Whitley added one safety each.

Logan plated five runs in the first inning and two more runs in the second to put the game away early.

On Sunday, the Vols split a pair of games, beating Monroe College, 8-4, and then falling to Heartland, 14-2.

Against Monroe, Lake was the winning pitcher. She went all seven innings and scattered four runs on eight hits. Only two of the four runs were earned. Lake also struck out five and walked two.

Robinson was the power stick for the Vols with a double, single and five runs batted in. Evinger was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice and run scored. Briah Winchester had two hits and a run scored. Kelsey Rogers and Pelker pitched in one hit each and Bailey walked twice and scored twice.

In the loss to Heartland, Pritchett and Wilson were raked for 11 earned runs on 16 hits. Pritchett was tagged with the loss.

At the dish, Pelker tripled and drove in a run. Katie Hutchison doubled and scored a run. Avery Raper had a hit and an RBI and Rogers added a base hit.

Finally, on Saturday, the Vols lost games to North Idaho (12-3) and Macomb (6-1). Pritchett was saddled with the loss against North Idaho and Wilson earned the loss against Macomb.

Pelker, Whitley and Rogers had one hit each in the first game and Bailey and Craig had two hits apiece in the second game.

“Overall, the trip was worthwhile,” said Logan head coach Bruce Jilek. “We were able to get in eight games in four days. Most of the teams we played had already been playing for close to a month. Playing these games allowed us to see what improvement we have made since last fall and what we need to work on the most this spring.”

Jilek said several coaches from four-year schools “showed a lot of interest in our players and want to pursue recruiting them.”

Jilek added that facing tough pitching should only help the Vols as the season continues.

“All of our players saw action and contributed at times,” he said.