March 31, 2014

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sara Kroeger ripped two doubles and a single. Heather Johnson had a double and two singles and Jolyn Lake won her third straight game as the John A. Logan College softball team defeated Kaskaskia, 5-1, in Game 2 of a doubleheader Friday to earn a split. The Volunteers dropped the opener, 7-3.

Logan took a 2-0 lead in the first on doubles by Kroeger and Johnson and a single off the bat of Jessica Hirsch.

The Blue Angels plated their only run in the second with the help of a pair of errors. Leading 3-1, the Vols put the game away in the fifth with two more runs. Kroeger singled in a run and Brook Robbins doubled a run home.

Lake worked all seven innings for the Vols, allowed one run on six hits, struck out five and walked two.

JALC softball coach Bruce Jilek was pleased with the effort of his freshman righthander.

“The thing that impresses me the most about Jolyn is that she’s a competitor,” he said. “She doesn’t walk a lot of batters. She makes the opposition put the ball in play. She also does a heck of a job fielding her position.”

Timely hits were also a factor in the Game 2 victory.

“That’s something we didn’t have in the first game,” Jilek said. “Three times, we loaded the bases and only came away with a run. And defensively, we made four errors. We just didn’t play well at all in the first game.”

Johnson was pitcher of record for Logan in Game 1. Tiffany Gaimari drove in two of the team’s three runs on a sixth-inning single. Kelsey Robinson and Robbins checked in with two hits apiece.

Jilek said the ballclub has much room for improvement as the team nears the midpoint of the spring schedule.

“I’m not happy with the pitching overall,” he said. “We have two veterans throwing for us who are struggling some with their command. We’re fortunate that Jolyn has kept things together for us. I’m hoping that with the warmer weather, our pitchers will make some adjustments and perform better.”

Now 8-9 overall and 3-5 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference, the Vols will travel to Robinson Sunday to play two against Lincoln Trail College. Logan will host Southeastern Illinois Tuesday and Rend Lake Thursday before hitting the road to Olney next Friday.