February 29, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College softball team opened the new season with a doubleheader split at home against non-conference foe, Mineral Area College, of Park Hills, Mo.

The Volunteers dropped the opener, 6-4, before bouncing back to take the nightcap, 11-1 in five innings.

The Vols exploded for seven runs in the bottom half of the first inning, highlighted by a grand slam home run off the bat of freshman Megan Hampton of Carterville. Logan added two runs in the second; one in the third; and one in the fourth, a solo homer by sophomore Kelsey Rogers.

Winning pitcher in Game 2 was freshman southpaw, Nicole Short, a graduate of Zeigler-Royalton High School. She allowed only one run and struck out three in earning her first collegiate victory.

In Game 1, the Vols scored one run in the second inning on an RBI hit by Madison Rapien; added two runs in the fifth on hits by Rapien and Katrina Whitley; and one run in the sixth as Kiarha Wilce scored on a groundout to first base. It would not be enough.

Pitcher of record for Logan was sophomore Jen Bailey. She worked all seven innings and struck out five.

“It was good to see the kids bounce back in the second game and play as well as we did,” said JALC first-year head coach Angie Jilek. “We swung the bats much better than we did in the first game. Megan and Kelsey each hit home runs and Nicole threw the ball well.”

Two errors in the field by the Vols and some timely hitting by the Cardinals led to the win for Mineral Area in the first game.

“We just didn’t play well at the beginning and it proved costly,” Jilek said.

Now 1-1, Logan is scheduled to play a doubleheader against Three Rivers, Mo. Friday in Carterville. The games are set to get under way at 2.