Potters crush Dunlap again

Bryan Veginski

Morton erupted for six runs in the second inning April 22.

That outburst was too much for the Illinois Valley Central softball team to overcome in an 8-0 Potter non-conference victory.

Kelsi Dahms threw a three-hit shutout in the circle, walking only one and fanning four.

Taylor Namanny of Morton hit a grand slam to highlight the second, part of a 2-for-3 day.

Jocelyn Nimmo was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, and Nicole Koch had two hits and two RBI for the home team.

Potter Nikki Eigsti doubled and knocked in a run. Dahms helped her own cause with an RBI.

MHS 11, Brimfield 1 (5)

This time it was the fifth inning that featured a Potter deluge.

A seven-run binge allowed Morton to close out the Indians a couple innings early April 24.

Namanny homered for the second straight game, this time a three-run, game-ending shot.

Eigsti, Koch, Chandler Ryan, Casey Brunton and Bridget Serrurier all had two hits for the Potters. Ryan tripled and Brunton doubled.

Eigsti and winning pitcher Koch had two RBI apiece, while Ryan, Peyton Silverthorn and Serrurier also drove in a run.

Koch allowed five hits with four strikeouts and no walks in a complete game.

MHS 20, Dunlap 0 (5)

The Potters obviously are a bad matchup for the Eagles.

Morton had six extra-base hits Thursday to wallop Mid-Illini Conference visitor Dunlap.

The Potters beat the Eagles 36-0 in the two league meetings this spring.

Dahms whirled a one-hit gem in which she struck out four without a walk. She had a no-hitter until a one-out Dunlap single in the fifth.

Koch tossed a perfect game in Morton's 16-0 win April 2 at Dunlap.

Nimmo was 3-for-4 with four RBI, while Brunton had three hits and three RBI. Both players doubled.

Eigsti, Koch, Dahms and Ryan contributed two hits each. Eigsti, Dahms and Ryan all doubled.

Ryan knocked in three runs, while a host of Potters — Eigsti, Koch, Delainey Ryan, Dahms, Namanny, Silverthorn and Serrurier — added one RBI. Namanny supplied a double.

Nineteen of the 20 runs charged to the two Eagle pitchers were earned.

Morton scored 10 times in the fourth inning.

MHS 1, Washington 0

The Potters won for the 15th time in their last 16 games after edging the Lady Panthers Friday.

Morton (15-3, 5-1) stayed in second place in the M-I after emerging in a pitchers' duel at Jan Smith Field.

The game was a make-up of an April 11 postponement.

Brunton broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning with a RBI line-drive single to left field with one out.

Brunton also made a nice running catch in the bottom of the fourth and later supplied a base hit to the opposite field.

"She did have an awesome day today," MHS head coach Stacey Buescher said of the junior second baseman.

Namanny started the fourth with a double to deep center, her fourth extra-base hit of the week.

"She's really seeing the ball well right now," said Buescher of Namanny.

Hope Dean was the courtesy runner for Namanny. She slid in just underneath the tag on a close play at the plate on the Brunton single.

"Role players like that make a huge difference," Buescher said of Dean.

Koch struck out six, including four in a row spanning the second and third innings, without a walk in a three-hit masterpiece.

"Her offspeed was really working well," said Buescher of the senior righthander.

Koch was unfazed after throwing errors began the Washington fifth and sixth innings.

The first wayward throw was a two-base error, but the Lady Panther never reached third base.

Dahms was the only other player with a multi-hit game. She went 2-for-3.

Madi McCoy took the tough-luck loss for the Lady Panthers despite 10 strikeouts.

Just two days before playing Morton, Washington blanked Metamora, the No. 4-ranked team in the Illinois Coaches Association Class 3A softball state poll, 1-0.

Top-10 team: The Potters' torrid stretch has not gone unnoticed.

In the week five ICA state rankings, Morton appeared for the first time this season in the No. 7 slot.

East Peoria was third, Washington 10th and Metamora No. 11, giving the Mid-Illini a significant presence statewide.

Morton-Canton: The teams attempted Monday to get caught up further with their conference schedules as they were to play in Fulton County.

The game originally was set for April 18.

Reminder: Morton plays Galesburg at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to make up a March 26 postponement.

New date: Morton's home game vs. East Peoria, postponed last week, will be made up at 4:30 p.m. May 10.

The teams will play twice in a span of six days since they close out the M-I schedule May 16 at the Raiders' Mizuno Field.