Lady Indians stay unbeaten by knocking off top-ranked Goreville, West Frankfort

Du Quoin came from behind to beat West Frankfort on Wednesday and Goreville, the defending 1A State Champs, on Thursday. (Doug Daniels File Photo)

By Doug Daniels

1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com

March 23, 2018

  (Goreville & West Frankfort, Ill.) - Chloe Hill allowed just one earned run and Du Quoin scored six times in the fifth inning to come home from Goreville with a huge 6-2 win over the defending state champion and current No. 1 ranked team in Class 1A.
  Hill, Katie Smith, Morgan Bullar and Meryn Gross all had RBIs in the big fifth inning which carried the Lady Indians to their fifth victory in as many games to start the 2018 season.
  "Chloe Hill was once again outstanding in the circle against a very good Goreville lineup," said DHS head coach Jason James. "She hit her spots and the girls made several nice plays behind her. It was nice to see the girls become more aggressive at the plate. We had some kids step up big in the fifth inning. So proud of this group and how they have competed. They don't get shook up. We are just going out there, playing hard and whatever happens, happens."
  Hill allowed three singles in the bottom of the first inning as the Lady Blackcats took a 1-0, but settled in the rest of the way and finished with a stat line of one earned run allowed on seven hits and one walk with seven strikeouts, four of which came in the final two innings.
  Du Quoin had scattered four hits entering the fifth when they were able to string together six consecutive hits to grab the lead. Avery Shively, Chloe Hess and Smith started things off with singles to tie the score at 1-1, then Bullar smacked a double to put the Lady Indians on top 3-1. Gross followed with another double for an RBI, then Hill tripled to bring her in before scoring when Grace Haney reached on an error moments later for the sixth tally.
  Smith (1-4, R, RBI), Bullar (3-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B), Gross (2-4, R, RBI, 2B), Hill (1-4, R, RBI, 3B), Haney (1-4), Shively (1-3, R) and Hess (2-2, R, BB) had hits for the Lady Indians.


Du Quoin 5, West Frankfort 4, 8 innings (03/21/18):
  A day earlier, Du Quoin scored another come-from-behind win at West Frankfort, 5-4. The Lady Indians trailed on two different occasions in the game, yet fought back in front both times to escape with their fourth victory.
  The Lady Redbirds got on the board first in the top of the first, scoring after two walks and a two-run single. Du Quoin took the lead 3-2 in the third, getting singles from Smith and Bullar, and a home run from Haney.
  West Frankfort tied it on a single and a double in the third, then re-took the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth after a base hit, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly, but the Lady Indians weren't finished.
  Smith doubled to lead off the seventh, advanced on a wild pitch, then scored on a fielder's choice by Bullar that forced extra innings. There, Olivia Whitley singled with one out, and Hess drove in the eventual game-winner with her two-out single.
  "So proud of my ladies," James said. "Another come from behind win in extra innings. We had some kids come up with some clutch hits late in the game. Hess single in the eighth put us up 5-4 and we played some nice defense in the eighth keeping the tying run stranded at third."
  Hill finished the game with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work in the pitching circle.
  "I just can't say enough about Chloe Hill," James said. "She just keeps on battling and hasn't been rattled at all."
Smith (2-5, 2 R, 2B), Bullar (2-4, R, RBI), Hill (2-4, RBI), Haney (1-4, R, RBI, HR), Whitley (1-3, BB), Shively (1-3, HBP) and Hess (1-4, RBI) had the hits for DHS.

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