Du Quoin softballers drop three straight conference games
Du Quoin's Avery Waller (right) broke up a no-hitter against Nashville last week with a triple in the sixth inning. (Doug Daniels File Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
April 16, 2018
(Du Quoin, Sparta & Jonesboro, Ill.) - After starting conference play with a win back on April 2 at Carterville, Du Quoin dropped their next three SIRR Mississippi Division games on the road at Sparta on April 5, at Anna-Jonesboro on April 9, and at home against Nashville on April 10.
The loss to the Lady Bulldogs was particularly disappointing, as the Lady Indians led 6-2 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before falling 7-6.
Sparta had four hits in the bottom of the first inning and went up 2-0, but DHS fired back in the top half of the second, taking the lead 3-2 after an RBI single from Avery Waller and a two-run homer by Maci Mckinnies. Du Quoin added on three more in the top of the sixth with Grace Haney and Chloe Hill connecting for RBI base hits.
Hill had retired 13 of the last 15 batters she had faced when the bottom of the sixth rolled around and the first four batters all recorded hits, the fourth hit being a bases-clearing double that brought Sparta to within a run at 6-5. Three singles and a Du Quoin error in the seventh allowed the Lady Bulldogs to complete the comeback in walk-off fashion.
Haney (2-4, R, 2 RBI), Hill (2-4, RBI), Waller (1-2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB), Mckinnies (1-3, R, 2 RBI, HR, SAC), Katie Smith (1-3, R, 3B, 2 BB), Chloe Hess (1-3, BB) and Olivia Whitley (2-4, R) had hits for the Lady Indians at Sparta.
"We are just having a hard time getting anything going our way," said DHS head coach Jason James. "We will continue to work and get things figured out."
While not quite as dramatic, Anna-Jonesboro bettered Sparta's five runs in the sixth and seventh innings by putting up seven runs on the Lady Indians in the final two innings of their 9-2 win over Du Quoin. The Lady Wildcats cranked three homers in the sixth inning alone.
The Lady Indians got their runs on an RBI double by Smith (2-4, R, RBI, 2B) in the top of the fifth and when Smith scored on an error after singling in the seventh. Mckinnies (1-3) and Kaylee Aleshire (1-2, R, BB) had the only other hits for Du Quoin at A-J.
A day later at home, DHS was better, but not good enough to beat the Nashville Hornettes, who left town with a 4-2 victory, scoring three times in the top of the seventh to steal one away from the Lady Indians.
Mackenzie McFeron singled and later scored on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the first to put Nashville on top 1-0. Du Quoin took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Waller tripled for DHS's first hit of the game, then Mckinnies singled, and Bullar doubled.
The Hornettes began the top of the seventh with three consecutive singles followed by back-to-back walks and later got a sacrifice fly from Jenna Harris that put Nashville up a pair. The Lady Indians got back-to-back singles with two outs in the bottom half, but were unable to do any damage.
"We played much better today," James said. "Got to continue to get better at the plate, once that gets going we will be just fine."
Bullar (1-3, RBI, 2B), Waller (2-3, R, 3B), Aleshire (1-1) and Mckinnies (1-2, R) hit safely for the Lady Indians against Nashville. Hill pitch well despite getting tagged with her third straight loss, scattering eight hits and five walks with two strikeouts.