Trico defeats DHS, EHS; Lady Indians rebound with win over Lady Falcons

The Lady Indians bounced back from their loss to Trico on Saturday by returning in the day's third game to defeat Elverado, 5-2. (Doug Daniels Photo)

By Doug Daniels

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April 1, 2018

  (Du Quoin, Ill.) - Trico took home wins in both their games at Satuday's three-team round robin at Du Quoin, defeating DHS 5-1 in the opener and downing Elverado in the middle game 22-12. The Lady Indians bounced back in the day's final game by defeating the Lady Falcons 5-2.
  Trico's Danyelle Eilers homered in a two-run first inning for the Lady Pioneers against Du Quoin, then Lady Indian Katie Smith answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead in half, 2-1.
  Du Quoin would manage only two hits the rest of the way, however, while the Lady Pioneers got two in the third on a triple by Jade Kranawetter, a sacrifice fly by Eilers, a walk to Juhle Prange, a single by Katie Gale, and an error. Trico tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Kranawetter and Eilers hit back-to-back doubles.
  "(Chloe) Hill pitched well and we played solid defense, we just couldn't get that big hit," said DHS head coach Jason James.
  Hill finished the game with four earned runs allowed on eight hits and three walks, striking out two. Du Quoin's hits came from Smith (1-3, R, RBI, HR, BB), Olivia Whitley (1-3) and Chloe Hess (1-1, 2 BB).
  The second game of the day saw Elverado jump out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Trico only to see the Lady Pioneers answer with seven runs in the bottom half, followed by ten more in the second where they went up 17-3.
  But Elverado had something left, getting nine runs in the top of the third after RBI's by Allie Whittington (single), Elizabeth Schafer (double), Morgan Cashion (double), Zoe Maple (double) and Cheradon Lively (single).
  Still trailing 17-12, though, Elverado couldn't find the same success once Trico's ace pitcher Kranawetter was sent into the circle to finish it off, as the Lady Pioneers kept adding on with one in the third and four in the fourth to win it in five innings.
  "It was a tough game for (pitcher Emma Funk), plus we had too many errors behind her," said EHS head coach Donette Wheatley. "We jumped on them early and I thought it was going to be a good game, but it definitely didn't turn out that way. Even down 17-3, we didn't quit, but Kranawetter came in and closed the door on us."
  Hitting for the Lady Falcons against Trico were Whittington (2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3B), Schafer (1-3, R, RBI, 2B), Cashion (2-3, R, RBI, 2 2B), Maple (2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B), Lively (2-3, R, 2 RBI), and Kaity Lewis (1-2, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB).

  The final game matched up the host Lady Indians with Elverado, and Du Quoin did some early damage with the help of some rare free passes from Whittington on their way to a 5-2 win.
  Whittington walked three in the first inning for the Lady Falcons, and two of them scored on Hill's base hit to make it 2-0. Hill helped herself again in the third with a triple to score Grace Haney, then scored on a wild pitch later in the inning, making it 4-0.
  Elverado had scattered three hits off of Hill entering the top of the sixth, when Lewis singled, Whittington walked, and Chloe Barnes doubled them both in to cut the lead to 4-2.
  Du Quoin got one back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Smith, bringing in Shively, who had walked to lead off the frame. Hill would strand two Falcon base runners in the seventh to hang on to the victory.
  Hill allowed two earned runs on five hits, walked three and struck out six. Smith (2-3, R, RBI, BB), Haney (1-3, 2 R, BB) and Hill (2-4, R, 3 RBI) had the Lady Indians' hits.
  "Again, Hill threw very well," James said, "and we are getting better at the plate. Our defense has played outstanding so far, hopefully we can keep that up."
  For Elverado, Whittington gave up five earned runs on five hit and eight walks with ten strikeouts. Lewis (1-4, R), Barnes (1-4, 2 RBI, 2B), Schafer (1-3) and Lively (2-3) had the Lady Falcons' hits.
  "We played a better game defensively, but today was the first game Allie's game was off," said Wheatley. "The walks hurt us, she had twice as many today than she's had in four games previous."
  "It wasn't a good day for the Falcons, but hopefully we learned something, we never folded."

(Photos by Doug Daniels / elveradosports.com / duquoinsports.com)

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