April 15, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sophomore Jolyn Lake hurled a complete-game victory in the opener and recorded a save in the nightcap to help lift the John A. Logan College softball team past visiting Lincoln Trail Wednesday, 3-2 and 5-4.

The Okawville native allowed only one earned run in Game 1 on seven hits, while striking out five and walking one. She improved to 8-4 on the spring and  pitched a perfect 1-2-3 seventh inning in picking up the save in Game 2 for winning pitcher Jen Bailey (6-6).

“I just had to do my job in that first game and keep the score close, because I knew the offense would come around sooner or later,” Lake said. “As for the second game, whatever I can do to help. Jen did most of the work. I was just there to finish up. Hopefully, this sweep is something we can build on the rest of this week and have it carry over to the postseason tournament next weekend. This is a talented team. We just have to go out and prove it day in and day out.”

Trailing 2-0 in the seventh inning of the opener, the Vols went to work. Sophomore Kaylyn Winders led off with a single. Katrina Whitley was inserted as a pinch runner. Katie Hutchison was hit by a pitch and Brittney Pritchett ran for her. Amanda Evinger reached on an error to load the bases.

Sophomore Maddie Craig of Murphysboro smacked a hit to left to drive in two and tie the game. Freshman Kelsey Rogers completed the comeback with an RBI single.

Craig finished with two of the Vols’ six hits.

Bailey shut out the Statesmen through the first five innings of Game 2 before tiring in the sixth and surrendering four runs on three hits. She did manage to work out of the jam, however, stranding the tying and go-ahead runners on base.

“I thought we had the second game in control before giving up those four runs in the sixth,” said Logan head coach Bruce Jilek. “I think Jen just got tired. She’s been sick for a while now, and didn’t have the same command in the sixth that she had the first five.”

Jilek said Lake pitched extremely well in both games.

“Jolyn showed why she’s one of the better pitchers in our league today. She made Trail hit her pitch.”

Logan built a 5-0 lead in the nightcap with three runs in the first highlighted by a Craig double and Kiley Pelker three-run homer. Two unearned runs crossed the plate in the third when the Lincoln Trail catcher Casey Emerson tried to pick Rogers off third and threw the ball into left field, allowing both Rogers and Pelker, who had singled, to score.

Now 9-8 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 16-15 overall, the Vols host a doubleheader with Olney today at 2 p.m.; travel to Lake Land in Mattoon Friday; and are at Lincoln Trail in Robinson Saturday.

 

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