Lady Falcons secure a trophy with win in State Softball Quarterfinals
(Doug Daniels Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
September 29, 2018
(Coulterville, Ill.) - With a 12-10 victory over Summersville on Saturday, Elverado has advanced back into the final four at the SIJHSAA State Tournament in Coulterville. The Lady Falcons - the defending champions in Class S Softball - trailed 7-5 entering the bottom of the fifth inning before two big innings turned things around.
Summersville picked up two runs on four hits in the top of the first inning against EJHS pitcher Jaci Tuthill, but the Falcons were quick to get them both back in the bottom half of the first after Bridgett Elder singled and Jaylen Marshall and Ellie Yates both reached on errors.
Elverado picked up a run in the third without registering a hit, then Summersville tied it up again in the fourth after an error led to an unearned run for the Wildcats. The Falcons retook the lead in the bottom of the inning, 5-3, thanks in part to a base hit by Elder.
Summersville’s offense showed up in the fifth with three consecutive hits to start the inning, and after another error, four runs had crossed to give the Wildcats a 7-5 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Falcons would answer Summersville’s four-run rally with one of their own. Five Elverado hitters reached base, four of them with hits - Macy Whitaker, Tuthill, Maddie Dunmyer, and Elder. Emily Wisely got on with a walk.
The Wildcats would tie the score once again in the sixth with a pair of hits and a pair of walks, but the Falcons poured on three more in the bottom of the inning after a big double from Wisely and a base hit by Kennedy Morse, who later scored on an error to make it 12-9 in favor of EJHS.
Tuthill got into a bit of a jam after two singles in the seventh, but got the final batter to line into a double-play at second base where Elder made a game-save grab.
Elder (3-3, BB), Whitaker (1-3, BB), Wisely (1-3, 2B, BB), Morse (1-2, 2 BB), Tuthill (1-4) and Dunmeyer (1-3) had hits for the Lady Falcons.
Elverado is 15-10 overall entering Tuesday’s Semifinal round at Coulterville, where they will meet St. Bruno-Tamaroa at 1:00 p.m. for the right to play in Thursday’s championship at 3:00 p.m. The loser will fall into the third place game, Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
Photos by Doug Daniels / ElveradoSports.com