Lady Indians even up conference record with win over A-J
This home run swing was part of a 4-for-4 day for Kaylee Aleshire against A-J. (Doug Daniels Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
April 21, 2018
(Du Quoin & Steeleville, Ill.) - Du Quoin softball evened up their record in the SIRR Mississippi Division at 4-4 last Friday with a dominating 19-9 home win over Anna-Jonesboro, getting 4 hits, a homer and 5 RBI's from No. 8 hitter Kaylee Aleshire in the victory.
Avery Waller, the No. 6 hitter in the Lady Indians lineup, also was on base four times as the 6-through-9 spots recorded 11 total RBI's for Du Quoin.
"That's huge to have the bottom of the order come through again," said DHS head coach Jason James. "Waller has been producing here the last four or five games. This girl shut us down at Anna, we didn't have a hit until the sixth, so to come out and change things up and try to get ourselves motivated before the game to play - that's the hardest part for us right now is the motivation - but better hacks, better swings, I'm proud of them for that."
It didn't look good early on for Du Quoin as A-J put up four runs in the top of the first on three hits and a pair of walks. But the Lady Indians' offense answered in a hurry, sending a dozen batters to the dish in a 9-run bottom of the first that set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Waller (two-run single), Olivia Whitley (double), Maci Mckinnies (single) and Katie Smith (single) all had RBIs in the big first inning.
A-J fought to try and prevent being short-gamed, but in the bottom of the fifth with DHS up 16-9, Aleshire smacked a two-run double and Morgan Bullar drew a bases-loaded walk-off walk to end it.
Smith (1-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB), Bullar (1-4, R, 2 RBI, BB), Waller (3-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB), Whitley (1-4, 2 R, RBI), Aleshire (4-4, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2B, HR), Mckinnies (2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI), Chloe Hill (1-3, 3 R, BB) and Chloe Hess (1-4, 3 R) all had hits for the Lady Indians.
"I've told the girls this is what we should be like - not hitting doubles and triples and stuff like that, but being able to put the ball in play and making other teams try to field the ball," James said. "That's something we've got to keep building on."
Earlier in the week on Tuesday, Du Quoin picked up another conference win at home by defeating Sparta 8-4. Hill, Waller and Aleshire each had two-run singles in the win for the Lady Indians.
"Hill threw pretty good and we had some timely hitting," James said. "We scored 7 of our 8 runs on 2-out hits."
DHS never trailed in the game, going up 3-0 in the bottom of the third on RBI singles by Grace Haney and Waller. Sparta chipped away a run in the fifth, but Du Quoin answered with two in the bottom of the frame on a two-run single by Aleshire.
The Lady Bulldogs kept fighting, getting a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on three hits and a walk to cut the lead to 5-3, but Du Quoin kept tacking on, getting three in the sixth on RBIs by Hill and Hess.
Smith (2-4, R, 2B), Bullar (1-4, R), Haney (2-2, 2 R, RBI, BB, HBP), Hill (3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI), Hess (1-4, R, RBI, 2B), Waller (1-4, 2 RBI) and Aleshire (1-1, 2 RBI) did the hitting for DHS. Hill got the win in the circle, allowing ten hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
On Wednesday, Du Quoin let one slip away on the road against the No. 15 ranked team in Class 1A, Steeleville. The Lady Indians had a 4-1 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning when the Lady Warriors' bats came to life for a six-hit, seven-run rally on their way to an 8-5 victory.
Smith (1-4, R, 2B), Haney (3-4, R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B), Hill (2-4, 2 R), Hess (2-4, R, RBI, 2B), Waller (1-3, RBI, BB), Aleshire (1-2, RBI, 2 BB) and Mckinnies (1-3) hit safely for Du Quoin in the losing effort.
The Lady Indians are 11-7 overall, 4-4 in conference play entering the week of April 23.
Photos by Doug Daniels / DuQuoinSports.com