April 30, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

OLNEY - Despite two well-pitched games, the John A. Logan College softball team dropped a pair of games to Olney Central College Friday, 1-0 and 3-2, in quarterfinal round play of the Region 24 tournament.

With the two setbacks, the Vols' season comes to an end. They finish 30-20 overall. 

Freshman hurler Nicole Short was the hard-luck loser for Logan in the opener. She allowed only one run on five hits in six innings of work. She walked none.

The Blue Knights scored their lone tally in the first inning.

Logan collected only five hits or one apiece from Kiley Pelker, Lauren Talton, Katrina Whitley, Megan Hampton, and Sydnee Rushing.

In the second game, the Vols received a sterling performance from Rushing, who is also a freshman. The Goreville product allowed three runs on six hits and walked only one.

Logan scored a run in the first when Pelker doubled and scored on a double by Kelsey Rogers.

Pelker's solo homer in the third proved to be the only additional run.

Olney scored one run in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.

"Nicole and Syd threw well," said JALC first-year head coach Angie Jilek. "We just couldn't score enough runs. We were impatient at the plate and gave them some easy outs."

Jilek said solid defense and the pitching kept Logan in the games.

"We threatened in the seventh inning of the second game with two runners on in scoring position, but took a third strike to end the game."

Jilek said she doesn't like making excuses for losses, but pointed out that the team that finished the season was not as talented as the one that started the spring season. 

Injuries to key performers like Jennifer Bailey, Kiarha Wilce, Katie Sandusky, Madison Rapien, and Briah Winchester took their toll.