April 17, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Sophomore Sara Kroeger doubled in a run and was the pitcher of record in a 7-4 Game 2 win over visiting Olney Thursday as the John A. Logan College softball team earned a split of the doubleheader. The Blue Knights won the opener, 10-1 in five innings.

Kroeger, who is from Teutopolis, scattered seven hits in picking up her fifth win of the spring. She struck out two and walked an uncharacteristic four, but did a good job of working around the free passes.

"It wasn't one of Sara's best outings this spring, but she did a good job of keeping us in the game and giving the offense a chance," said Vols head coach Bruce Jilek.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the first, Logan rallied for three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Jessica Hirsch led off with a double. Taylor Price singled her to third and Tiffany Gaimari drove in both with a base hit. Gaimari later scored on an RBI single off the bat of Brook Robbins.

The Vols extended the lead to 4-2 in the third inning with a solo homer from sophomore first baseman Heather Johnson. Olney tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the fifth on a two-run double by Walker.

Logan regained the lead at 7-4 in the bottom of the frame. Kroeger's RBI double and Johnson's RBI single were the highlights of the three-run inning.

"We swung the bats much better in the second game," Jilek said. "We only had one run on two hits in the first game and just couldn't get anything going. It was nice to see the kids respond in Game 2."

Johnson was pitcher of record for the Vols in the opener. Command continues to be an issue for her as she walked eight against only four strikeouts.

Hirsch had a double in the loss. Kaylyn Winders singled and scored the only run.


The Vols move to 13-11 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 20-15 overall. Logan hosts a doubleheader with Lincoln Trail College of Robinson today beginning at noon.