April 18, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

ROBINSON - The John A. Logan College softball team split a doubleheader with host Lincoln Trail Saturday, dropping the opener, 8-7, in eight innings, before bouncing back to win the second game, 10-1, in five.

Freshman Jen Bailey picked up the win in the nightcap for the Vols. She allowed only one run on three hits in her five innings of work. She also struck out four and walked one.

Freshman shortstop Kiley Pelker of Nashville was the offensive star for Logan, belting out three hits in four at bats and driving in three runs, including a two-run homer in the first.

Pelker said it felt great to turn things around after the hard-luck first game loss.

"I know we were really motivated to get this win and not leave her empty-handed," she said. "I felt we really fought hard. We stayed focused and did our job."

Bailey helped her own cause, adding three hits of her own. Amanda Evinger contributed a pair of doubles. Maddie Craig and Kelsey Robinson also chipped in two hits each.

In the opener, Logan jumped out to a 6-1 lead, but could not maintain the advantage.

Sophomore hurler, Jolyn Lake, allowed an uncharacteristic seven runs, including four homers. and left the game in the seventh inning, giving way to reliever Brittney Pritchett.

Pritchett allowed no further damage in the seventh, but surrendered the game-winning run in the eighth.

The loss spoiled a couple of outstanding offensive performances for Logan. Kelsey Rogers accounted for a two-run single that broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning and Katie Hutchison smacked a three-run homer in the sixth inning, her first collegiate roundtripper.

After the Statesmen tied the game again in the sixth at 6-6, Pelker untied it with an RBI single in the top of the seventh. But the lead was short-lived as the home team tied the match in the bottom of the frame against Lake and won it in the eighth.

"We had every opportunity to win the first ballgame, but the pitching kind of went south in the sixth inning," said Vols head coach Bruce Jilek. "We took another lead, but still couldn't hang onto it.

"In the second game, things kind of went our way and Jen threw a very good game," Jilek said. "She's been sick for some time now, but is finally getting healthier and did a fine job for us today."

Logan now stands 11-12 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 18-19 overall. The Vols are scheduled to play a doubleheader today in Harrisburg against Southeastern Illinois at 2.