Morton avoids disaster with five-run seventh inning

Bryan Veginski
Trying to get on base: Cassie VanDyke, a Morton senior, squares around Thursday for a bunt in the fifth inning of the softball team’s 7-3 road victory over Washington. Tomorrow, the Potters stay on the road to face Dunlap.

The Normal West softball team shutout Morton until the seventh inning April 22 in a 7-1 home win.

Niki Lacy drove in the Potters’ lone run, as the guests mustered just only two hits.

Morton’s Carly Yingling was tagged with the loss in the circle. She surrendered eight hits going the distance. Three of the runs were unearned.

Five runs in the fourth through sixth innings ignited the Wildcats, the No. 3 ranked Class 4A team in the Illinois Coaches Association state poll.

The non-conference tilt was a make-up from a March 28 postponement.

MHS 7, Washington 3: A seventh-inning outburst Thursday saved the Potters from a disastrous loss.

Morton scored five runs in their final at-bat at Jan Smith Field to prevail, 7-3, in a Mid-Illini Conference meeting with Washington.

The Lady Panthers entered the game winless on the season, losing their first eight outings.

In a recently reshuffled Morton line-up, lead-off hitter Catherine Drew was 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI.

Cassie VanDyke was 2-for-3, and Carly Yingling knocked in a run. Jessica Kerby bopped a double.

VanDyke was the winner. She walked just one and struck out eight in a complete game as the girls moved to 4-1 in the M-I.

Three unearned runs in the first gave Washington its first lead in five league games.

The Potters answered with two runs in the second inning and the score remained the same until the last frame.

Morton snapped a three-game losing streak.

Illinois Valley Central 5, MHS 3 (9): The Potters fell Friday in extra innings to the team rated seventh in the ICA 2A state rankings.

Morton (11-4) had a 3-2 lead until the visiting Grey Ghosts knotted the game in the seventh inning.

Kerby and Emma Clark delivered two hits apiece, while Niki Lacy knocked in two runs in the non-conference meeting.

Both of Clark’s safeties were doubles and she also provided an RBI. Lacy had an extra-base hit as well.

The Potters trailed 2-0 until a three-run third inning off IVC pitcher Jenna Noland.

VanDyke was charged with the loss. She whiffed 16 and yielded seven hits. Only two runs were earned as Morton made five errors. 

The Potters maintained their No. 20 position in this week’s ICA Class 3A state poll.

Third time a charm?: Morton’s game vs. state No. 2 Limestone, the conference leader, was postponed Monday for the second time.

The Rockets will try to visit the Potters at 4:30 p.m. Monday.