March 27, 2014

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - A strong performance by freshman pitcher Jolyn Lake led to a split for the John A. Logan College softball team as the Volunteers defeated Shawnee 2-1 in Game 2 of a doubleheader Saturday in Carterville.

Lake scattered four hits in her seven-inning complete game. She allowed one run, that coming in the top of the seventh inning, struck out three and walked four.

"It was nice to finally win a close one. Jolyn threw a great game today," said Logan head coach Bruce Jilek. "She shut Shawnee's batters down pretty much the whole game, fielded her position well and contributed a hit. The performance she gave us is what we need from all of our pitchers if we are to be successful."

Sophomore Heather Johnson paced the Logan offense with two hits in three at bats. Taylor Price had a double and run scored. Tiffany Gaimari had a hit and run batted in. Sara Kroeger and Lake added one hit apiece.

In the opener, the Vols were outslugged 12-7 as Johnson, who took the loss, continued to struggle with her command.

Johnson was removed from the game after only three innings of work in which she allowed five runs on four hits with six walks and four strikeouts. Freshman Corrine Wilson of Elkville didn't fare any better, surrendering seven runs in four innings on nine hits with one strikeout and three walks.

"Too many walks, too many hits and too many runs allowed," Jilek said. "When you score seven runs, that ought to be enough to win."

Kroeger led the attack with two doubles and two runs scored. Gaimari had two hits, including a double and two runs. Carterville's Amy Drust contributed two hits with a run scored. Du Quoin's Jessica Hirsch was 2-4 with a double, run scored and RBI. Kaylyn Winders and Taylor Price each collected singles.

The Vols, now 6-7 overall, host Mineral Area College Monday and Kaskaskia Tuesday before traveling to Olney Thursday. All games begin at 2.