April 20, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MATTOON – Despite another gem from Jolyn Lake (11-5), the John A. Logan College softball team dropped a 2-1 decision to Lake Land in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday.

The host Lakers had a much easier time of it in Game 2, winning 9-0 in five innings.

The Volunteers could only blame themselves in the opener, stranding nine runners on the bases, including the bases loaded twice.

"We had the right people up to bat, but just couldn't come up with the big hit when we needed it," said Logan head coach Bruce Jilek.

Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, JALC freshman second baseman Anna Mansfield erased the deficit with a solo homer to center.

The Vols got a one-out triple from Jessica Hirsch in the fifth, but Taylor Price struck out and Heather Johnson flied out.

In the top of the seventh, Kelsey Robinson walked. Hirsch singled her to third. Price bunted for a hit, although the runners were unable to advance.

Tiffany Gaimari lined out to third for the second out and Johnson struck out looking on a pitch clearly out of the strike zone to end the inning.

Johnson was tagged with the Game 2 loss, issuing seven walks in the process.

"I thought Heather pitched much better than the score indicates,"Jilek said. "It doesn't matter what I think of the strike zone, though. All that matters is what the guy behind the plate thinks. That's the way it has always been."

With the two losses, Logan falls to 14-14 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference, 21-18 overall, and will travel to Olney Monday and Kaskaskia Tuesday to close out the regular season. The Vols have played 12 games in the last eight days.