Lady Falcons come back - twice - to defeat Crab Orchard in season opener

Elverado began their softball season with an 8-3 win at home over Crab Orchard. (Doug Daniels Photo)

By Doug Daniels /

March 14, 2018

  (Vergennes, Ill.) - Pitcher Allie Whittington allowed just three hits and the Lady Falcons started their 2018 softball season with a victory, defeating Crab Orchard 8-3 on Tuesday afternoon in Vergennes. 
  "The girls played pretty well considering only having two practices outside," said EHS head coach Donette Wheatley, "one of which was on half the field. They fought back from being down twice and then we got a few hits in the fifth to stay ahead for good. We only had two errors but they came in the same inning and allowed two runs. Its always good to start the season with a 'W!"
  Cath Massey doubled to start the game for Crab, then later score on a ground ball RBI to make it 1-0 Lady Trojans. Elverado grabbed the lead an inning later in the bottom of the second on a pair of doubles by Chloe Barnes and Morgan Cashion, who then scored on an error later in the at-bat to give the Lady Falcons a 2-1 edge.
  A walk, a hit, and an error gave the lead back to Crab Orchard in the top of the fourth at 3-2, but Elverado didn't let it last long. Cashion was hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom of the inning, then with two down, Zoe Maple doubled to tie the score.

  In the fifth, Elverado took the lead for good. Emma Funk started it off with a triple, Kaity Lewis walked, then Whittington smacked a two-run double to make it 5-3. Barnes followed with a walk in front of a two-run single by Elizabeth Schafer, and suddenly EHS was in charge up 7-3.
  Funk would score on an error in the sixth for the game's final run. The game was cut short due to health concerns with home plate umpire Jessie Crow.
  Funk (1-4, R, 3B), Whittington (1-3, R, 2 RBI, 2B), Barnes (1-2, 2 R, BB), Schafer (1-3, 2 RBI) and Maple (1-3, RBI, 2B) had the Lady Falcons' five hits in the game. Whittington allowed one earned run on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts in six innings of work as the winning pitcher.
  Elverado (1-0) hosts CORL on Thursday and Red Bud on Friday.

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