April 13, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

ULLIN - The John A. Logan College softball team got a career day from sophomore shortstop Kiley Pelker, but could only manage a split of a doubleheader at Shawnee College Tuesday.

The host Saints won the opener, 3-2, and the Vols took the nightcap, 9-2. 

Over the two games, Pelker, a Nashville, Illinois product, knocked out six hits and drove in five, including a pair of home runs.

In Game 1, sophomore pitcher Jennifer Bailey was pitcher of record for Logan. She went the distance, allowing three runs on six hits, struck out four, and walked five.

Pelker paced the offense with two hits in four at bats. Lauren Talton, Katrina Whitley, Brooke Arnold and Sydnee Rushing added one apiece.

The Vols scored both their runs in the third inning. Rushing singled. Smith reached on an error. Pelker drove Rushing home with a single and Kelsey Rogers drove in Smith with a groundout to second.

In Game 2, freshman Nicole Short earned the win in the circle. The Zeigler-Royalton grad worked all seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. She struck out two and walked three.

Pelker led the charge with four hits in as many at bats, including two round-trippers and four RBIs. 

Smith was 3-5 with a homer and three runs scored. Rogers and Talton rapped out two hits each. Rushing and Arnold had one.

"We put our hits together in the second game," said Vols head coach Angie Jilek. "We're scrambling to put a strong lineup together given our numerous injuries, which has led to the moving around of personnel. The kids aren't complaining, though. They're going to give me their best effort each game."

Jilek said the first game was winnable.

"We had our opportunities," she said. "We just couldn't capitalize with runners on base until the second game. The winning run scored in the seventh on a fly ball that deflected off our centerfielder's glove over the fence. It was unfortunate, but those things happen sometimes."

Now 15-7 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 24-10 overall, Logan travels to Poplar Bluff, Mo. today to take on Three Rivers College. The Vols will host Olney on Thursday at 2.