April 13, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

ULLIN - The John A. Logan College softball team got back on the winning track Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of host Shawnee, 6-3 and 9-2.

Sophomore righthander Sara Kroeger (6-2) earned the win in the opener. She went all seven innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits. She struck out two and walked only one.

Logan tallied two runs in the third, sixth and seventh innings. The Saints were held to a single run in the third and two in the sixth.

Freshman outfielder Tiffany Gaimari paced the Vols' offense with three hits in four at bats, including a double, run scored and run driven in. Jessica Hirsch and Kaylyn Winders each rapped out two hits. Heather Johnson, Taylor Price and Kroeger added one hit apiece. Johnson's hit was a monster home run to left field into a 30 mph wind.

In the nightcap, Jolyn Lake earned her ninth win of the spring against four losses and eighth in her last nine appearances. The freshman hurled seven innings, surrendered two runs (one earned) on nine hits, struck out one and walked three.

The Vols scored one run in the first inning; two in the third; two in the fourth; three in the fifth; and one in the seventh. Shawnee scored both of its runs in the fourth inning.

Leading the offense was Kroeger with three hits. Anna Mansfield and Kelsey Robinson collected two each. Johnson, Gaimari, Lake, and Megan Johnston added one. Hirsch was hitless, but drove in a run.

"The pitching was decent. Jolyn wasn't her usual self in the circle today, but she gutted out a win in Game 2 despite not having her best stuff," said Vols head coach Bruce Jilek. "As for Sara, I thought she did a good job of getting Shawnee to hit ground balls. Defensively, though, we were not sharp, committing some errors and making her throw more pitches. Defense is a phase of the game we need to improve upon soon."

Jilek said the wind was most certainly a factor in the doubleheader.

"It was tough for both teams, which is why I was impressed with the fact we were able to drive the ball through it today on some occasions, especially the home run shot from Heather."


Logan improves to 18-11 overall and has won 11 of its last 13 games. The Vols will play at Southeastern Illinois in Harrisburg today for a noon doubleheader. JALC returns home Monday to host Rend Lake at 2 and  4 p.m.