Lady Indians rally late to win at Benton,
then sweep home DH on Saturday
Chloe Hill has won all three games in the pitching circle for Du Quoin, including a no-hitter against Vienna on Saturday, March 17. (Doug Daniels Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
March 16, 2018
(Benton & Du Quoin, Ill.) - The Lady Indians started their season with a dramatic 4-3 win in nine innings at Benton on Wednesday, then swept a three-team double header at home on Saturday to improve to 3-0 on the year.
The Rangerettes built a 3-0 lead on Du Quoin with a run on two hits in the bottom of the third, and two runs on four hits in the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, however, Maci Mckinnies drew a walk, Kaylee Aleshire singled with one out, then a run came home on a passed ball to get the Lady Indians on the board. Chloe Hess then walked, and with two outs and DHS down to their final strike, Morgan Bullar delivered a game-tying single that ultimately forced extra innings.
Chloe Hill had pitched a strong game for Du Quoin already, but really cranked it up in the eighth and ninth where she didn't allow a single base runner. That allowed Katie Smith's RBI single to score Hess in the top of the ninth to be the deciding run of the game as DHS escaped with the win.
"Not bad for our first game," said DHS head coach Jason James. "Hill pitched very well. Kept us in the game and defense was solid behind her."
"We did have a few base running and hitting mistakes that took us out of some innings but we learn and move on."
Hill ended the day with the win, nine innings pitched, and three runs allowed on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
"I can't say enough about Hill," James said." She hit her spots and got a lot of pop-ups and ground balls. They never really squared her up and hit anything solid. Good first win for us."
Smith (1-5, RBI), Bullar (2-5, 2 RBI), Mckinnies (1-2, R, 2 BB), Aleshire (1-4, R), Hess (1-3, R, BB) and Olivia Whitley (1-2, BB, SAC) had hits for Du Quoin against the Rangerettes.
On Saturday, more heroics from Hill led to a 3-0 win over Marissa and a 10-0, five-inning no-hitter against Vienna.
"We played very well today in all aspects of the game," James said. "Great hitting and defense, with Chloe Hill pitching two outstanding games, throwing a no-hitter against Vienna."
Hess doubled and scored in the third to put DHS up 1-0 on Marissa, and Smith provided the other two runs on her triple in the fourth to plate Mckinnies and Avery Shively, both of whom drew walks.
Smith (1-2, 2 RBI, 3B, BB), Bullar (1-2, 2B, BB), Whitley (1-2, SAC) and Hess (1-3, R, 2B) had hits against the Lady Meteors. Hill allowed three hits and one walk while striking out six.
Later in the day versus Vienna, RBI's for the Lady Indians came from Grace Haney (ground-out in the first, two-run double in the fourth), Mckinnies (single), Bullar (error), and Whitley (single).
Smith (1-3, 2 R, BB), Hill (3-4, R), Haney (1-3, R, 3 RBI, 2B), Mckinnies (1-3, RBI), Whitley (1-2, RBI, HBP) and Meryn Gross (2-4, 3 R, 2B) had Du Quoin's hits against Vienna. Hill hit one batter in the third, and another reached on an error, but Vienna managed no hits and struck out six times.
The Lady Indians (3-0) are at Mt. Vernon for two games on Monday, then at Goreville on Tuesday and West Frankfort on Wednesday.
(Photos by Doug Daniels / DuQuoinSports.com)