April 18, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College freshman pitcher Jolyn Lake picked up her 11th win of the spring against four losses Friday with a 4-1 win over visiting Lincoln Trail College in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Lake was her usual steady self, holding the Lady Statesmen to one unearned run on three hits in seven innings of work. She struck out four and walked one.

With the game scoreless through five innings, the Volunteers finally broke the ice in the sixth, tallying all four of their runs. Sara Kroeger reached on an error. Heather Johnson walked. Brook Robbins reached on an error. Anna Mansfield then reached on a fielder’s choice grounder. Amy Drust singled in a run. Kelsey Robinson reached on an error. Jessica Hirsch followed with a two-run single.

Lincoln Trail went on to win the second game, 4-3.

Kroeger was pitcher of record for Logan. She allowed nine hits and walked two.

Hirsch tripled in the first and scored on Johnson’s sacrifice fly. Mansfield drove in pinch runner Amanda Evinger in the fifth with a groundout.  The Vols plated their third and final run in the sixth when Hirsch singled, stole second, and came around to score on a single by Tiffany Gaimari.

“We just couldn’t put enough hits together to win the second game, twice leaving the bases loaded,” said Logan head coach Bruce Jilek. “As for Sara, her problems mostly came with two outs. She would either give up a base hit or a walk.”

Jilek said the key to the team faring well in the postseason will be improved pitching from Kroeger and Johnson to match the solid performances turned in by Lake.

“We also need both Sara and Heather to hit better with runners in scoring position,” he said. “They’re sophomores. They’ve been through this before. They’re the ones we’re counting on to produce.”

Now 14-12 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 21-16 overall, the Vols travel to Mattoon today to take on Lake Land.