March 29, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - The John A. Logan College softball team tasted defeat for the first time this spring in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play, dropping the opener of a doubleheader with Rend Lake, 10-2, before bouncing back to win the nightcap, 8-6.

With the split, the Volunteers now stand 9-1 in the league and are 17-3 overall.

Logan jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2. 

Kiarha Wilce reached on an outfield error. Katie Sandusky doubled her home and took third on the throw to the infield. Kelsey Rogers followed with a double. She then came around to score on a throwing error by the first baseman.

After the Warriors cut the lead to 3-1 in the second, the Vols bounced back to tally two runs in the bottom of the third.

Lauren Talton drove in Rogers with a single. When the ball eluded the centerfielder, Jennifer Bailey also came around to score.

The Vols made it 6-1 in the fourth on a sac fly by Logan Bowlby. 

The Warriors trimmed two runs off the deficit in the top of the fifth to make the score 6-3. Bowlby struck again in the bottom of the frame with an RBI infield single for a 7-3 advantage.

Logan added an eighth and final run in the bottom of the sixth. Rend Lake made it interesting with three runs of its own in the seventh, but it was not quite enough.

Winning pitcher for the Vols was freshman Nicole Short. She moves to 9-1 on the spring.

In the opener, Logan took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run homer by Rogers. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Warriors stormed back to plate five runs in the fifth and four in the seventh.

Pitcher of record for the home team was Bailey. She surrendered 15 hits altogether and falls to 5-2 on the spring.

Jordan Lodge was winning pitcher for Rend Lake. She struck out eight of the first nine batters she faced and added a three-run homer for good measure.

"Rend Lake swung the bat extremely well today. We're fortunate to come away with a split," said Vols head coach Angie Jilek. "I was pleased that we bounced back and got the offense going in the second game. Defensively, we didn't play that well at all. We're going to need to play better as the schedule doesn't get any easier for us the rest of this week."

Logan is scheduled to play a 2 p.m. doubleheader  at Wabash Valley Thursday and host Lake Land on Saturday at noon.