Lady Panthers shut out Carterville to stay unbeaten in conference play
Mariah Clark rounds the bases after homering against Steeleville on Monday. (Doug Daniels Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / pinckneyvillesports.com
May 2, 2018
(Pinckneyville, Ill.) - Pinckneyville softball remained unbeaten in conference play on Tuesday, handing Carterville a shutout loss on the road, 6-0. The victory, PCHS's 20th on the season, included a no-hitter in the circle by pitcher Mariah Clark, who struck out thirteen on the day.
"Mariah was really good for us today," said Lady Panthers head coach Alan Engelhardt. "She didn't allow a ball out of the infield the entire game. Defensively, we played well behind her, handling everything that was put into play. Offensively, we were able to come up with a few key hits to push runs across, but we couldn't string a bunch together to put up a big inning."
Pinckneyville racked up ten hits at the plate, three of them coming from Megan Mayo (3-4, RBI, 2B), and two apiece from Lauren Jackson (2-3) and Kylee Kling (2-3, RBI, 3B). Clark (1-3, RBI) and Emma Banach (1-4, 2 RBI) each added RBI hits for the Lady Panthers.
"The bottom of the order was really good for us with our 5-8 hitters putting up 8 hits," Engelhardt said. "Megan Mayo had a big day with 3 hits and a double, and Kylee Kling hit the ball hard a couple of times, with a sharp single and a triple."
On Monday, the Lady Panthers hosted a rare mid-week doubleheader at home with two of the area's top Class 1A teams - fourth-ranked Goreville and eleventh-ranked Steeleville.
In game one, Clark shut down Steeleville and added a two-run home run at the plate in a 5-0 win for Pinckneyville. Daisy Dudek had a big day at the plate as well, finishing 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
"In the Steeleville game, Mariah threw a great game, striking out 14, and only giving up 3 hits," Engelhardt said. "Offensively, Daisy did a great job of both getting on base and driving in runs and Mariah had the big two-run home run."
But in game two, the Lady Panthers' defense let them down, allowing defending 1A State champ Goreville to escape with a 6-4 victory. Pinckeyville's seven hits were scattered and PCHS stranded the bases loaded on two separate occasions.
"In the second game, we just didn't play defense behind Daisy," said Engelhardt. "She didn't surrender any extra-base hits, and we committed 4 errors behind her. Offensively, we left the bases loaded twice with the heart of our order up. We have to execute better than that."
Pinckneyville sits at 20-4 overall, 9-0 in conference play heading into the final week and a half of the regular season. The Lady Panthers began the week of April 30 ranked No. 4 in the latest ICA Class 2A poll behind Beecher, St. Joe Ogden and Williamsville.
Other recent results:
Pinckneyville 5, Johnston City 1 (April 25, 2018)
Pinckneyville `012`002`0` -- `5`8`2`
Johnston City `100`000`0` -- `1`1`2`
WP: Clark, LP: Crompton. Top Hitters: Pinckneyville: Clark 2-4 (RBI), Witges 1-4 2B (RBI), Banach 2-3 HR (RBI), Jackson 1-4 (2 RBI).
Pinckneyville 9, Carbondale 8 (April 21, 2018)
Carbondale `000`140`21` -- `8`8`7`
Pinckneyville `402`010`02` -- `9`9`3`
WP: Waggoner, LP: Anders. Top Hitters: Carbondale: Doan 1-4 (RBI), Dedecker 2-4 (RBI), Talley 2-4 (3 RBI), Crombar 1-4 (RBI), Galloway 1-4 (RBI). Pinckneyville: Witges 3-4, Clark 1-4 (RBI), Gleason 2-3 (RBI), Hagene 1-3 (RBI).
Pinckneyville 7, Alton Marquette 0 (April 21, 2018)
Alton Marquette `000`000`0` -- `0`2`5`
Pinckneyville `030`310`x` -- `7`7`0`
WP: Clark, LP: Schorman. Top Hitters: Pinckneyville: Witges 3-3 (4 RBI), Mayo 2-3 2 2B, (2 RBI), Banach 1-3, Hagene 1-2 2B.
(Photos by Doug Daniels / PinckneyvilleSports.com)