April 2, 2014

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sophomore Heather Johnson and freshman Jolyn Lake tossed complete-game gems Tuesday to lead the John A. Logan College softball team to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Southeastern Illinois: 2-1 and 8-0.

With the pair of victories, the Volunteers improve to 7-5 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 12-9 overall.

Logan plated both of its runs in the first inning of Game 1.

Sophomore centerfielder Taylor Price singled and stole second. She came around to score on Tiffany Gaimari’s RBI single. Gaimari later scored on a two-out RBI single by Brook Robbins.

Johnson (3-4 on the spring) made those two runs stand up as she only allowed a single run in the fourth inning when Jordan Shotton singled and came around to score on an RBI single by Katie Prizer.

Johnson allowed four hits, all in that fourth inning. She struck out eight and walked none, clearly her best outing of the spring. Kaylyn Winders, Jessica Hirsch and Price each collected two hits to pace the Vols’ offense. Rebecca Touchette was the hard-luck loser for the Falcons. She struck out six and walked one.

The nightcap was dominated by Lake (6-3). The righthander, who has won five straight games, tossed six shutout frames, scattering four hits. She also struck out five and walked one. Pitcher of record for Southeastern was Emily Van Ausdoll, who allowed all eight runs on 12 hits. She also struck out three and walked four.

The Vols scored a single run in the second when Anna Mansfield tripled home Robbins. Logan notched three more runs in the fourth inning highlighted by RBI hits from Mansfield and Hirsch. The home team added four runs in the bottom of the sixth to close out the game. Johnson drove in a pair with a double. Hirsch, Mansfield and Madison Craig delivered hits.

Mansfield finished with three hits to lead the way, including a single, double and triple.

Vols head coach Bruce Jilek was pleased with the sweep.

“The first inning was the story in Game 1,” he said. “We got two runs and then couldn’t get any more. Fortunately, Heather was on her game and held Southeastern to just the one run. Today was probably the best she’s looked all spring. She had much better command of her pitches.”

Jilek said Game 2 was much better offensively.

“We put the ball in play much better and had 12 hits,” Jilek said. “Mansfield hit the ball especially well as did Hirsch and Johnson. And Jolyn did another good job of throwing the ball. Overall, it was a good day for us.”

The second game was interrupted for about 40 minutes due to lightning and rain.

Logan is scheduled to host a doubleheader with Rend Lake at 2 p.m. Thursday.