March 31, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

PARK HILLS, MO. - The John A. Logan College softball team split a non-conference doubleheader Monday at Mineral Area College, dropping the opener, 8-5, before winning  the nightcap, 12-4.

 

Sophomore righthander Corrine Wilson picked up the victory in Game 2. The Elverado High School product went three innings. She allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits. She struck out none and walked one. 

 

Freshman Brittney Pritchett of Goreville worked the final two frames. She allowed no runs on one hit, struck out one and walked none. 

 

Sophomores Anna Mansfield and Kelsey Robinson each collected three hits to pace the Vols' offense. Freshman shortstop Kiley Pelker of Nashville contributed a two-run home run. Jen Bailey and Katrina Whitley each went 2-for-4. Katie Hutchison had a double and an RBI.  

 

"We put some hits together in that second game," said Logan head coach Bruce Jilek. "It was nice to see the girls bounce back like they did. That showed a lot of fight."

 

In the opener, defensive misplays proved costly for the Vols in the sixth inning, leading directly to three runs scored. Sophomore centerfielder Maddie Craig, who had made two nice running catches earlier in the game, missed a fly ball and Pelker couldn't make a play on a grounder. 

 

Pitcher of record was sophomore Jolyn Lake in relief of Pritchett. Lake surrendered five runs on five hits in three innings of work, including three homers. She did manage to strike out four. Pritchett had allowed three runs on six hits and struck out two.

 

Offensively, Briah Winchester and Kelsey Rogers led the way with three hits apiece. Mansfield, Robinson,  Bailey and Pelker all belted out two hits.

 

"We left too many people on base and didn't make the pitches or the plays in the field when we had to," Jilek said. "Neither Jolyn nor Brittney were on their game."

 

Now  9-11 overall, the Vols play host to Southeastern Illinois in a 2 p.m. Great Rivers Athletic Conference doubleheader today in Carterville.