April 16, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sophomore Taylor Price doubled in the tying runs and freshman Tiffany Gaimari singled to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday as the John A. Logan College softball team rallied to beat Rend Lake, 6-5, in Game 2 of a doubleheader.

The Warriors won the opener, 5-3.

The Volunteers took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning of the nightcap when Price singled, stole second and scored on a single by Gaimari. Rend Lake responded with five runs in the top of the sixth.

Abbie Lehman doubled. Former JALC volleyball player, Kendra Goss, singled. Hannah Pontius bunted for a single to load the bases. Emma Bachman singled in a run. Fallon Clayton walked to force in a run. Haley Miller’s groundout drove in a run and two additional runs scored when Vols’ second baseman Anna Mansfield dropped a fly ball in shallow right field.

It was then Logan’s turn to respond in the bottom of the frame.

Heather Johnson doubled. Brook Robbins singled her home and took second on the throw home. Mansfield doubled Robbins home. Kaylyn Winders walked and Amanda Evinger was inserted as a pinch runner. One out later, Jessica Hirsch reached on a fielder’s choice, moving Mansfield to third, and then stole second.

Price and Gaimari then followed with hits to give Logan a lead it would not relinquish.

It should also be noted that Price made a sensational over-the-shoulder catch in the top of the seventh inning, robbing Goss of extra bases.

“It’s one of the best catches I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” said Vols head coach Bruce Jilek, not one to dole out such compliments.

Winning pitcher for Logan was Jolyn Lake (10-4). The freshman righthander went the distance, allowing five runs on six hits. She struck out one and walked two. Paige Prather took the loss for the Warriors in relief of starter Emily Jenkins.

In Game 1, Rend Lake scored single runs in the first, second and third innings to coast to a 5-3 victory. Winning pitcher was Benton native, Amanda Holloway, who checked the Vols on six hits, while striking out seven. Sara Kroeger was pitcher of record for Logan, surrendering five runs on 10 hits.

Sophomore third baseman Cierra Hutchinson of Johnston City and Lexi Skelton paced the Warriors with three hits apiece. Alexis Schutte added a pair of sacrifice flies. Haley Miller had a base hit and sacrifice fly, as well.

Winders led Logan’s attack with two hits in four at bats. Hirsch, Kroeger, Mansfield and Kelsey Robinson of Du Quoin added base hits.

“We had opportunities in the first game (10 runners were stranded on the bases) and just didn’t take advantage of them,” Jilek said. “We didn’t hit the ball well when we needed to. In the second game, we were finally able to come through with a big inning. It was a good job by the kids.”

Logan moves to 12-10 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 19-14 overall. Rend Lake now stands 7-18 in league play and 12-27 overall. The Vols play host to Olney at 2 p.m. today and will also host Lincoln Trail Friday before hitting the road to Lake Land Saturday.