March 8, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - It didn't come easy, but the John A. Logan College softball team pulled out a doubleheader sweep of visiting Morthland College Monday afternoon, 11-10 in eight innings and 12-1 in five innings.

"I wish I could blame the wind, but the first game was atrocious," said Vols head coach Angie Jilek. "We went with a lineup to get other players some time and rest some kids nursing injuries and just imploded after the third inning.  

"Thankfully, (freshman pitcher) Nicole Short came in and nailed things down late and we scratched out a run in the bottom of the 8th to win the first game. Our defense was bad and we should have short-gamed them."


Morthland plated four runs in the third off Logan freshman starter Grace Vaughn. The Patriots added five runs in the fifth and one in the seventh. 

The Vols countered with three runs in the first inning, seven in the second, and one in the eighth.

Vaughn worked 4 1/3 innings, allowed nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits, struck out four and walked two.

Short hurled 3 2/3 frames, giving up one unearned run on three hits. She struck out six and walked one to improve to a team-leading 4-0 on the spring.

Offensively, freshman outfielder Katie Sandusky of Benton led the charge with four hits in five at bats, including a triple and two doubles. She drove in two, scored three runs, and stole a base. 

Jordyn Smith, Kelsey Rogers, Madison Rapien, Megan Hampton, Logan Bowlby, and Taylor Foy all recorded one hit apiece.

In Game 2, Foy gave up a first-inning run and then settled down to toss four scoreless frames, scattering eight hits. She struck out three and walked two. 

The Vols broke loose with seven runs in the bottom of the first, two in the second, two in the third, and one in the fourth.

Bowlby (double and two RBIs), Smith and Brooke Arnold (double and two RBIs) all contributed two hits to the attack. Katrina Whitley, Sandusky, and Hampton added one base knock each.

"There is no doubt that we hit the ball well," Jilek said. "The second game is the team I have seen so far this season. The kids got their act together and got the job done."

Logan improves to 7-1 with the pair of wins, yet sustained a blow to its depth chart with a shoulder injury to freshman catcher, Madison Rapien. 

Freshman outfielder Kiarha Wilce was already out with a sore back.

The Vols travel to Owensboro, Ky. Friday to take on Brescia University.