April 12, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

OLNEY – The John A. Logan College softball team split a pair of games at Olney Sunday afternoon, winning the opener, 4-1, and dropping the nightcap, 2-0.

Sophomore righthander Jolyn Lake (7-4) was winning pitcher in Game 1. She worked all seven innings, allowing one unearned run on six hits. She struck out three and walked one.

The Vols scored all the runs they would need in the first inning when two runs crossed the plate. With one out, Kelsey Rogers singled and stole second. An error on the shortstop allowed Kiley Pelker to reach base, advancing Rogers to third. When Pelker stole second, Rogers stole home. Jen Bailey then singled to right to drive in Pelker.

After the Blue Knights cut the deficit to one at 2-1 in the third, Logan’s power-hitting rightfielder, Kelsey Robinson, drove the ball over the fence for her 10th homer of the spring and a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning. The Vols added an insurance tally in the fifth when Maddie Craig reached on an error and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Pelker.

In Game 2, Jen Bailey got the start and was tagged for two runs in the opening frame on a two-run single by Bailey Walker. That would be all the scoring for the entire game.

Logan could only manage three hits against Walker, a southpaw. Only once (fourth inning), did the Vols even get a runner to third base. Twelve of Logan’s 21 outs were flyouts.

Meanwhile, Bailey (5-6) did her part, holding Olney to five hits while striking out four and walking three.

“I guess this was the best that we could do,” said Vols head coach Bruce Jilek. “It could have been worse. We could have lost them both. Fortunately, we got some timely hits in the first game. In the second game, we had some opportunities to score, but didn’t put the ball in play.”

Logan now stands 7-8 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 14-15 overall. The Vols are off Monday and travel to Centralia Tuesday to take on Kaskaskia in a make-up doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Next home games are Wednesday at 2 p.m. against Lincoln Trail.

 

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