April 10, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Playing in and around the raindrops Sunday, the John A. Logan College softball team split a pair of games with a club team from Arkansas State University.

The visitors from the Razorback state hope to compete at the Division I level among four-year schools soon.

They won the first game Sunday, 5-3, and the Vols won the second one, 21-13.

In the opener, Logan's Jordyn Smith, Lauren Talton, and Katrina Whitley all belted home runs, but they were all solo shots and no other runs were generated with runners on base.

Freshman Sydnee Rushing of Goreville was the tough-luck loser. She worked all seven innings, allowed only two earned runs of the five on seven hits. She also struck out four and walked none.

Smith paced the offense with three hits in four at bats.

"Other than one inning, I thought Syd pitched really well," said Vols head coach Angie Jilek. "She mixed her pitches well. Unfortunately for her, we couldn't drive the ball when we had runners on base."

In the nightcap, Whitley, a Du Quoin native, enjoyed perhaps her best game as a collegian, going 4-for-4 with a double, three runs batted in, and three runs scored.

Megan Hampton of Carterville was also sensational. She knocked out three hits, including a home run and double, drove in a whopping five, and scored four times.

Rushing was 2-4 with a double and three RBIs. Kiley Pelker went 2-3 with an RBI. Taylor Foy was 2-5 with a double and two ribbies. Talton had one hit, but drove in a run and scored four runs. Jennifer Bailey added a hit and RBI.

Winning pitcher was Foy. She fought her way through six innings and surrendered 13 runs (11 earned) on 17 hits, while striking out one and walking two.

"This one turned out to be a slugfest," Jilek said. "Katrina and Megan had really big games to lead our offense. We played everyone. Our depth has really been exhausted. We have mixed and matched all we can around the old and new injuries. 

"Hopefully, we will get some of our players back soon," Jilek continued. "We need the help with Friday being our only scheduled off day this week."

Now 23-9 overall, the Vols are set to play at Frontier College in Fairfield Monday before hitting the road to Shawnee on Tuesday.