March 23, 2017

CARTERVILLE — If winning is fun, the John A. Logan College softball team must be having a party.

The Lady Vols are 20-1 as they go into a double-header Thursday against Olney.

“Coach (Taylor Orsburn) has pulled us together and has made us a great team,” said Sarah Aldridge of West Frankfort. “This is been a fun season.”

A majority of Orsburn’s team was recruited from Southern Illinois high schools, something Orsburn said may also be playing in their favor.

“These girls all get along,” Orsburn said. “That’s an important part of any team. I think it has played a role in our success.”

Orsburn said that while winning is fun her team has put in a lot of hard work to get to where they are this season.

“This team has worked hard, nothing has been given to them,” Orsburn said. “I’m proud of their accomplishments so far, but I don’t see this team letting up one bit.”

Three pitchers so far this season have five wins and no losses. Brooke Arnold, a sophomore right-hander from Crab Orchard, boasts an incredible 0.88 ERA.

The Lady Vols’ bats have been red hot, too. The Lady Vols have scored 161 runs in 21 games or an average of a little more than eight runs per game. They have given up only 65 runs so far this season or an average of just over three runs per game.

Jordyn Smith, a sophomore from Massac County, leads the team at the plate with a batting average of .470. She also has six home runs.

“The whole College is talking about the success of this team,” said Greg Starrick, John A. Logan College’s athletic director. “If you enjoy seeing a team compete and play hard every time they take the field then this is a team to come watch.”