Morton blasts off against Rockets to remain close

Bryan Veginski

The Morton softball team blasted off against Limestone pitching in the sixth inning on April 13.

The Potters broke a tie with a five-run frame to defeat the host Rockets 6-1 in Mid-Illini Conference action at Bartonville.

Chandler Ryan launched a grand slam with two outs to give Morton a big cushion.

From there, the Potters’ Alexis Opel finished a masterpiece in the circle. She allowed just two hits and two walks, while striking out five in a complete-game victory.

Earlier in the sixth inning, Jadison Wharram gave Morton the lead with an RBI single.

Maddie Gass evened the game a frame earlier with a run-scoring single.

Amanda Sigulas was 2-for-3 for the Potters. She was the lone player on either side with multiple hits.

Dunlap 7, MHS 5

The Eagles knocked the Potters from the league’s unbeaten ranks on April 14.

The fourth inning at Birchwood Park was the difference, turning a 2-0 Dunlap deficit into a 6-2 lead.

Zoe Mooney was 3-for-4 with a double as Morton outhit the guests 11-10.

Opel added a double among two hits, and Bridget Serrurier also doubled and knocked in two runs.

Sigulas registered an RBI as well for the Potters, who got within 6-5 with a two-run fifth inning.

Opel gave up five earned runs going the distance. She whiffed six and issued four bases on balls.

MHS 3, Pekin 1

The Potters returned to winning form on the road on April 16.

At 3-1 in the conference, Morton ended the week in solo third place with a two-game cushion over five teams. It trailed undefeated co-leaders East Peoria and Washington.

Sigulas and Jocelyn Nimmo had three hits. They both drove in a run and the latter doubled twice.

Opel was sharp for the second time in the week. In a five-hitter, she surrendered four walks, but fanned six. The seventh-inning run Pekin scored was unearned.

Single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings gave the Potters a 3-0 edge before Pekin broke up the shutout bid.

MHS 1-7, Downs Tri-Valley 3-0

The Potters split with the visiting Vikings on Strike Out Cancer day on Saturday.

Macey LaSota made an impressive debut in the second game for Morton (6-7), which lost a pitchers’ duel in the opener.

In game one, Nimmo doubled in a run in the seventh inning to break up Tri-Valley’s shutout.

Gass also had a two-base hit for the Potters.

Opel pitched well, but suffered the loss. In a complete game, she was reached for two earned runs. The Vikings had 10 hits, walked twice and fanned four times.

Ryan and Mooney both had three hits in support of LaSota in the second contest.

LaSota struck out two, walked two and yielded four hits going the entire way for the shutout.

Sigulas drove in three runs with a double and sacrifice fly in the first and second innings.

Mooney delivered a two-run single in the second that gave Morton a 4-0 lead, and Bridget Serrurier also engineered an RBI.