Trico beats EHS in battle of state-ranked softball teams

Emma Funk had two of Elverado's four hits and scored both of their runs against Trico on May 7. (Doug Daniels File Photo)

By Doug Daniels

1351sports.com / elveradosports.com

May 10, 2018

  (Vergennes & Campbell Hill, Ill.) - A pair of home runs by Trico's Danyelle Eilers made the difference in the Lady Pioneers' 3-2 win over Elverado in a battle of state-ranked softball teams on May 7 in Campbell Hill.
  Both teams finished with four hits, but it was defensive mistakes that led to two of the game's five runs. In the bottom of the first inning, Trico went up 2-0 on Eiler's first bomb, which followed an error. The Lady Pioneers returned the favor in the top of the fifth, when Emma Funk doubled then scored on a Trico error to bring the Lady Falcons to within a run at 2-1.
  Elverado ace Allie Whittington pitched a fantastic ball game for EHS, but Eilers got the better of her a second time in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff homer to give the Lady Pioneers some much-needed insurance.

  Funk doubled then scored on a ground ball by Kaity Lewis in the seventh as Elverado tried to extend the game, but Trico hurler Jade Kranawetter finished off a 13-strikeout performance by fanning her counterpart Whittington to end it.
  "We might not have won the game, but it definitely was a moral victory," said EHS head coach Donette Wheatley. "We had one error that hurt us the very beginning of the game, but we capitalized on several of theirs. It was a pitchers duel. Emma scored our two runs on some great base running. I'm proud of the way we battled."
  Whittington struck out eleven and walked a pair, surrendering two earned runs. Hits for the Lady Falcons came from Funk (2-4, 2 R, 2 2B), Lewis (1-4, RBI) and Chloe Barnes (1-2, BB).

  Funk doubled then scored on a ground ball by Kaity Lewis in the seventh as Elverado tried to extend the game, but Trico hurler Jade Kranawetter finished off a 13-strikeout performance by fanning her counterpart Whittington to end it.
  "We might not have won the game, but it definitely was a moral victory," said EHS head coach Donette Wheatley. "We had one error that hurt us the very beginning of the game, but we capitalized on several of theirs. It was a pitchers duel. Emma scored our two runs on some great base running. I'm proud of the way we battled."
  Whittington struck out eleven and walked a pair, surrendering two earned runs. Hits for the Lady Falcons came from Funk (2-4, 2 R, 2 2B), Lewis (1-4, RBI) and Chloe Barnes (1-2, BB).

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