March 16, 2016

Logan Media Services

PULASKI, TENN. - The John A. Logan College softball team split a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon against Martin Methodist, a small four-year school in Tennessee, dropping the opener 1-0 before rallying to win the nightcap, 8-6.

The Vols now stand 8-2 on the season and open Great Rivers Athletic Conference play Thursday afternoon at Kaskaskia College in Centralia. 

In Game 1 Tuesday, the Vols' pitching was outstanding, just not quite good enough.

Freshman lefty Nicole Short (Zeigler-Royalton) took the loss. She went four innings, allowed one unearned run on two hits, struck out four, and walked one. 

Sophomore righty Jennifer Bailey worked the final two innings and gave up no runs on one hit. She fanned one.

Logan could only manage four hits as a team. Notching singles were: Kiarha Wilce, Jordyn Smith, Megan Hampton and Bailey.

"The pitching was great. We just didn't hit the ball well enough to win. We left six runners in scoring position," said JALC first-year head coach Angie Jilek.

In Game 2, the game was decided in extras.

In the top of the eighth, Smith singled with one out. Katie Sandusky bunted for a single. A throwing error advanced the runners to second and third. Sophomore Kelsey Rogers followed with a two-run single for the game-winning hit.

Short earned the victory in relief of starter, Grace Vaughn, to improve to 5-1 on the spring. 

"Our pitching wasn't as sharp in this one, but we certainly hit much better," Jilek said. "Once we took the lead, they brought their ace back into the game. It took a while, but we finally got to her in the eighth."

The Vols, who hadn't played a game for eight days due to the weather, were without the services of injured first baseman Madison Rapien, catcher Briah Winchester, and pitcher Sidnee Rushing.