April 16, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sophomore Maddie Craig’s two-out bases-loaded single drove in the winning run as the John A. Logan College softball team rallied to take Game 1 of a doubleheader with Olney, 3-2, in eight innings on Thursday.

The Blue Knights bounced back to win the nightcap, 4-0.

Trailing 2-0 in the sixth, the Volunteers got busy on the offensive end. Jen Bailey led off with a single, her third hit of the game. Kelsey Robinson followed suit. Amy Drust bunted the runners over to second and third, and with two outs, catcher Kaylyn Winders delivered a huge two-run single to tie the game at 2-2. That clutch hit by Winders set the stage for Craig’s heroics in the eighth.

“I was just ready to get that winning run home when I came up for that last at bat,” Craig said. “I kind of like the pressure and was glad I could come through.”

Winning pitcher was sophomore Jolyn Lake (9-4). She allowed only four hits, struck out one and walked four.

In Game 2, Olney tallied two runs in the first and fifth innings en route to the victory. Bailey (6-7) was pitcher of record. She allowed nine hits in her seven innings of work. She struck out one and walked four.

Logan loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh as Winders singled, Katrina Whitley and Craig walked, but Kelsey Rogers popped out to short to end the game.

Logan moves to 10-9 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and to 17-16 overall. The Blue Knights now stand 10-14 in the league and 27-15 overall.

Logan head coach Bruce Jilek took the split in stride.

“We made a nice comeback to win the first game,” he said. “I thought the kids showed a lot of character to battle back when trailing 2-0 late. And then after we loaded the bases in the seventh inning of the second game, I thought maybe Rogers would hit it off the diamond and tie the game, but we didn’t get what we got in the first game. One win’s better than losing two, though.”

The Vols are scheduled to play a pair today in Mattoon against league-leading Lake Land and then two more on Saturday at Lincoln Trail.

 

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