March 27, 2014

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - For the second time in 48 hours, freshman righthander Jolyn Lake proved to be a difference maker as the John A. Logan College softball team split a doubleheader with visiting Mineral Area College Monday, losing 14-4 and winning 9-1.

Lake worked five innings, allowed only one run on four hits, struck out four and walked one. It was a similar performance to the one she gave Saturday in the 2-1 win over Shawnee.

"My change up was working pretty well for me today as was my splitter," Lake said. "I just try to have the other team put the ball in play and trust my defense. If I get ground balls, I feel pretty good about our infielders making the plays."

Vols head coach Bruce Jilek was impressed with the freshman's work.

"Jolyn threw well again today. She continues to be our most consistent pitcher," he said. "It helps a lot when you throw strikes."

The Vols received multiple hit games from Taylor Price, Tiffany Gaimari, Heather Johnson and Lake. But perhaps the most surprising blast of the game came off the bat of freshman second sacker Anna Mansfield, an opposite-field two-run homer.

Adding a double and RBI was Sara Kroeger. Kelsey Robinson of Du Quoin also doubled and drove in two.

Logan led 4-0 after two innings and put the game away with five runs in the fifth, including Gaimari's walkoff single to right.

In the opener, the Vols jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but could not contain the Cardinals' bats in the third inning as Mineral Area erupted for 12 runs.

"That one half inning was pretty much the ballgame," Jilek said. "They hit the ball extremely well."

Kroeger was pitcher of record for Logan. She gave up 12 runs in four innings on eight hits. She struck out one and walked one. Elverado High product Corrine Wilson pitched one inning, as well.

Brook Robbins paced the Vols' offense with three hits. Jessica Hirsch of Du Quoin had two hits. Adding one apiece were: Price, Gaimari, Kroeger, Kaylyn Winders and Johnson (a home run to left center).

The Vols are now 7-8 overall and will play a doubleheader Thursday at Olney and then host Kaskaskia for two on Friday at 2.