March 6, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The pitching was lights-out good for the John A. Logan College softball team Sunday as the Volunteers swept a doubleheader from visiting Frontier College of Fairfield, 5-0 and 8-0. The second game was halted after five innings due to the eight-run rule.

With the pair of victories, Logan improves to 5-1 on the young season.

“Our pitchers not only didn’t give up any runs, but hardly any baserunners, which is very impressive,” said Vols head coach Angie Jilek. “Offensively, we hit the ball well again and that resulted in a short game in the second game. For the most part, we are hitting the ball well up and down the lineup. We are running the bases well and we’re playing good defense.”

Jilek said a strong freshman class has been a good complement to a productive sophomore group.

“Sophomores Kelsey Rogers, Jennifer Bailey, Kiley Pelker, Katrina Whitley, Logan Bowlby and Briah Winchester are all playing well up to this point, and fortunately for us, our freshmen are pushing for more and more playing time. It’s been a good start and we hope we can keep it going.”

In the opener, the Vols scored two runs in the second inning and three in the third in cruising to a  5-0 win behind Bailey.

The sophomore allowed no runs on six hits. She struck out a season-high 13 and walked four.

“I felt amazing today,” Bailey said. “I’ve been in the gym working out twice a week and it seems to be paying off. My curve and change up are much improved. Even in my warm-ups, I felt like I was on with those pitches today.”

No Logan player had multiple hits in Game 1. Jordyn Smith and Bailey each doubled and drove in a run. Katie Sandusky, Lauren Talton and Brooke Arnold all singled. Katrina Whitley did not get a hit, but drove in a run.

In Game 2, the Vols tallied five runs in the third inning, aided by an error on the rightfielder, and tacked on three more runs in the fifth and final inning.

Freshman southpaw Nicole Short was again dazzling, allowing no runs on only one hit. She struck out five and walked three to improve to 3-0.

Madison Rapien and Arnold each collected two hits to lead the charge. Rogers had a double and two runs batted in. Megan Hampton also banged out a hit and drove in a pair. Pelker added a single. Sandusky did not get a hit, but scored two runs.

Logan is scheduled to host a doubleheader with Morthland College beginning at 2 today.