March 26, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College softball team took a pair from visiting Lincoln Trail College of Robinson Friday afternoon, 5-1 and 14-3 in five innings.

With the sweep, the Volunteers improve to 8-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and are now 16-2 overall.

“Today was definitely a team effort,” said JALC head coach Angie Jilek. “We had good pitching, solid defense, and a lot of hits. We are pushing forward as we try to improve and get healthy.”

The Vols have been playing without the services of catchers Madison Rapien (shoulder injury) and Briah Winchester (concussion).

In the opener Friday, Logan scored three runs in the fourth inning. Jordyn Smith reached on an error. Katie Sandusky sacrificed. An errant throw allowed the lead runner to advance to third and Sandusky to second.

Jennifer Bailey then singled to drive in both runners. Lauren Talton followed suit with a single, driving in Bailey, who had advanced to second on a throw to the plate.

The Vols tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning.

Kiarha Wilce doubled to left. Sandusky singled her to third. Kelsey Rogers walked to load the bases and Bailey drove Wilce and Sandusky home with a base hit.

For the game, Smith, Sandusky and Talton collected two hits each. Winning pitcher was freshman lefthander Nicole Short.

The Zeigler-Royalton grad went all seven innings to improve to 7-1. She allowed one run on four hits, struck out six, and walked none.

In Game 2, Bailey pitched a five-inning complete game. She allowed three runs on four hits, struck out seven (including five over the first two frames) and walked none to improve to 7-1.

Sophomore shortstop Kiley Pelker of Nashville had a big day at the plate, going 2-3 with a two-run homer and four total RBIs. Megan Hampton (freshman from Carterville) went 3-3 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. Bailey doubled and drove in two. Sandusky tripled and drove in two. Smith doubled.

“We scored early and often in this game,” Jilek said.

Logan next plays at 2 p.m. Tuesday in a doubleheader with Rend Lake in Carterville. The Vols remain atop the GRAC standings.