March 31, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Make it six wins out of the last eight games for the John A. Logan College softball team as the Volunteers swept a doubleheader from visiting Southeastern Illinois Tuesday, 4-0 and 4-1.

With the pair of victories, Logan improves to 6-4 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 11-11 overall. The Falcons fall to 3-9 in the league, 6-14 overall.

Vols head coach Bruce Jilek was pleased with the results.

“I thought we pitched well and played great defense today,” he said. “Jolyn (sophomore pitcher Lake) got her first action at second base in Game 1 and made some outstanding plays. Offensively, we did enough to win both games, but we probably could have done a little better job of driving in runners when in scoring position.”

Bailey improved her personal record to 4-3 on the spring with the win in the opener (seven shutout innings, five hits, five strikeouts and three walks). Lake improved to 5-3.  She went seven innings and allowed one unearned run on seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

“Jen’s not afraid to throw the change up in any situation and that pitch has been pretty good for her,” Jilek said. “She’s always had good velocity. Adding a good change makes her a much more effective pitcher.

“As for Jolyn, she had a great game throwing the ball and fielding her position today,” Jilek said. “She made a tremendous play on a bunt, turning it into an unassisted double play. That was pretty special. It was good to see her get back into the win column.”

The Vols scored three of their four runs in Game 1 in the third inning off losing pitcher Larissa Bond. Maddie Craig walked with one out. Kelsey Rogers popped out to short for the second out, but Kiley Pelker followed with a two-run homer. Bailey walked and Kelsey Robinson doubled her home.

Logan got an insurance run in the fifth when Craig singled, advanced on an error by the centerfielder and scored on an RBI single from Rogers.

In Game 2, the Vols tallied three runs in the first inning off pitcher of record, Michaela Laswell. Craig singled. Rogers walked. A double steal advanced the runners to second and third. With one out, Bailey drove both home with a double into left center. Amanda Evinger then drove home Bailey with an RBI single.

Logan added a fourth run in the second inning when Briah Winchester, who had singled to start the inning, came around to score on an error. Southeastern scored its only run in the fifth when Ashton Unthank reached on an error and came around to score on an RBI single from Marriah Hunt.

Bailey, Robinson and Katrina Whitley all rapped out two hits for the Vols.

Logan is scheduled to host a doubleheader with Rend Lake at 2 p.m. Thursday.