March 20, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MOUNT CARMEL – Freshman first baseman Jen Bailey broke a 4-4 extra-inning tie with a solo homer in the top of the eighth inning Thursday to lift the John A. Logan College softball team to a 5-4 win over Wabash Valley.


The win earned the Vols a doubleheader split with the Warriors. Logan is now 1-3 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 5-7 overall.

"I was just looking for a pitch in the strike zone I could handle," Bailey said. "Fortunately, I was able to put a good swing on it and hit it out. We needed this win."

Another freshman, Brittney Pritchett of Goreville, picked up the victory, her first of the spring.

Pritchett allowed three runs on four hits in the first inning and then held the Warriors to only  one run on four hits over the next seven frames.

"My change up was really working well for me today. I just wanted to keep things close and give us a chance to win."

Kiley Pelker doubled in Maddie Craig who had singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Amanda Evinger In the first.

Wanash Valley responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame.

Logan regained the lead in the second at 4-3 on the strength of a two-run homer by Keksey Robinson and solo shot from Kelsey Rogers.

The Warriors tied the game in the bottom of the second and that's the way it stayed til Bailey's blast in the eighth.

Pelker, Bailey, Robinson and Rogers had two hits each for the Vols.

Logan dropped the opener, 9-3, thanks in part to poor defense. The Vols committed a whopping eight errors behind Bailey, who was tagged with the loss.

Briah Winchester had a two-run double and Evinger an RBI single.

"Considering how little we have been outside, I would have to say I'm pleased to come away with a win today against a very good Wabash Valley team," said JALC head coach Bruce Jilek. "We got some help from the long ball and Brittney (1-2) threw well and deserved the win. I also thought Jen deserved better results, but we kicked it around behind her. You can't make that many errors and beat anybody."

Logan hosts a doubleheader with Shawnee at noon Saturday.