March 29, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Du Quoin native Kelsey Robinson banged out three hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in five runs Sunday afternoon to help lead the John A. Logan College softball team to an 11-2 Game 2 win over Southwestern Illinois to help the Volunteers earn a split of the doubleheader.
 

A sophomore rightfielder, Robinson now leads the team in home runs with six and RBIs with 22.

“Kelsey did what she does best – hit the softball,” said Logan head coach Bruce Jilek. “She has shown good power to all fields.”

Robinson said she was seeing the ball well and was fortunate enough to make good contact.

“It feels good to be able to help my team,” she said. “I know I have it in me, but I didn’t expect to be hitting as many home runs as I have so far this spring.”

Logan erupted for four runs in the first inning off starting pitcher Whitney Moreland. With one out, Amanda Evinger doubled into right. Kiley Pelker followed with a double of her own, driving in Evinger. Jen Bailey reached on an error and then Robinson launched a three-run dinger over the centerfield fence for a 4-0 lead.

The Vols added five runs in the second. Maddie Craig singled. Evinger reached on a fielder’s choice. Pelker popped out to short, but Bailey singled in two runs. Robinson followed with an RBI single. Kelsey Rogers then delivered a two-run double for a 9-1 lead.

Logan made it 11-1 in the third when Pelker and Robinson each singled in runs. The Blue Storm added a final run in the fifth and final inning.

With the win, Bailey improves to 3-3 on the spring. The freshman righty struck out eight in her five innings of work and allowed only five hits.

In addition to Robinson’s three hits, Evinger and Pelker each collected two safeties.

In the opener, sophomore Jolyn Lake (4-2) started strong, keeping SWIC shut out through the first three innings, but then got shelled for 11 runs on 13 hits over the next three frames.

At the dish, the Vols could only manage three hits – one each from Pelker (double), Rogers and Kaylyn Winders.

Logan is now 4-4 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 8-10 overall. The Vols travel to Park Hills, Mo. today to take on Mineral Area College in a non-conference doubleheader. JALC will return to league play at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Carterville against Southeastern Illinois.