Potters rebound at Pekin

Bryan Veginski

Canton handed the Morton softball team a stinging 12-2 defeat in five innings April 29.

On the same day the Potters ascended from unranked to No. 7 in the Illinois Coaches Association Class 3A softball state poll, the Lady Giants administered the girls just their second loss in the last 17 games.

In a make-up of an April 18 Mid-Illini Conference postponement, Canton scored six times in the first inning and never looked back.

Nicole Koch had the lone Morton RBI, but took the loss in the circle.

Koch allowed 10 hits in 1 2/3 innings. Kelsi Dahms tossed the final 2 1/3 innings, giving up three runs. Neither pitcher issued a walk.

Nikki Eigsti chipped in a double for the guests.

MHS 4, Pekin 1

The Potters rebounded nicely with an April 30 win at Pekin.

Jocelyn Nimmo was 2-for-3 with a triple, and Jessica Siggers added an RBI as Morton swept the M-I series from the Dragons.

Up 2-1, the Potters gained a cushion with two runs in the sixth inning.

Koch fanned five with zero walks in a complete game. She surrendered four hits and no earned runs.

MHS 13, Galesburg 7

The Potters quickly subdued the visiting Silver Streaks May 1.

Morton jumped on Galesburg for eight runs in the first inning.

Six Potters — Eigsti, Koch, Chandler Ryan, Casey Brunton, Hope Dean and Siggers — all knocked in two runs.

Eigsti had three hits, and Koch and Ryan added two. Eigsti and Siggers blasted doubles.

Nimmo also had an RBI for the Potters, who never led by less than five runs after the opening inning.

Dahms went the distance for the win. She gave up nine hits and six earned runs on three walks.

MHS 7, Limestone 4

The Potters avoided a second conference upset in the week with a three-run seventh inning May 2 in Bartonville.

Morton (18-4, 7-2) stayed two games behind M-I leader East Peoria as Brunton was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the sixth among two RBI.

Dahms also drove in two runs, while Ryan had two hits.

Taylor Namanny and Siggers doubled. Namanny and Ryan had RBI.

Koch went the distance. She struck out three with no walks and yielded six hits.

The Potters swept Limestone in the regular-season series and handed the Rockets their fourth league defeat in a row.

Decisive stretch: Morton has to navigate its most difficult stretch of the conference season this week.

The Potters will finish anywhere between first and fourth place in the M-I depending on how they fare.

Morton was scheduled to face Washington Tuesday, followed by Metamora Thursday and East Peoria Friday in a make-up from April 23.

The Potters and Raiders collide again May 16 in the league finale.

Season stats: As a team, Morton is hitting .308 with a 2.74 ERA through Monday.

Dahms leads the Potters with a .424 batting average. She also has 21 RBI.

Eigsti (.386), Ryan (.354), Koch (.333), Nimmo (.304) and Brunton (.303) all are at .300 or better. Eigsti guides the squad with 11 doubles. Ryan has 10 extra-base hits.

Namanny, who has 11 extra-base hits, tops Morton with 25 RBI.

Brunton (21) and Ryan (20) have knocked in at least 20 runs as well.

Brunton, Namanny and Bridget Serrurier each have two homers.

Koch is 12-3 with a 1.94 ERA. She has 67 strikeouts and a scant five walks in 90 innings.

Dahms has won six of her seven decisions throwing 53 innings.

Poll update: Morton dropped to No. 8 from seventh Monday in the new ICA state poll.