Potters outlast Pontiac softball team 18-13

Bryan Veginski

In a softball game that surely had the scorekeepers scrambling, Morton outlasted Pontiac on April 20.

The Potters posted eight runs in the third inning and seven more in the fourth to overcome a 6-0 deficit and top the host Indians 18-13.

Chandler Ryan was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and six RBIs for Morton.

Jocelyn Nimmo knocked in three runs, while Zoe Mooney and Jadison Wharram had two each.

Jessica Case was 3-for-3, and Mooney and Wharram delivered two hits. Mooney doubled twice.

Bridget Serrurier and Maddie Gass both had a double and an RBI. Alexis Opel drove in a run.

Macey LaSota was reached for 13 hits in a complete-game win. She walked three, and seven of the runs charged to her were unearned.

The teams combined to hit .412 (28-of-68) in a game that lasted 2 1/2 hours.

East Peoria 9, MHS 4

The Raiders broke the game open in the seventh inning in the seventh inning on April 21.

East Peoria scored five runs in their last at-bat to hand the Potters a Mid-Illini Conference defeat.

It was just a 2-1 game in the bottom of the fourth as Amanda Sigulas belted a solo home run off Alyssa Graves.

Morton squandered a chance in the fifth in which it had the bases loaded with one out after three consecutive Raiders errors at Birchwood Park.

“Our offense needs to execute when we have chances,” said MHS head coach Justine Szetela.

Graves got the Potters’ Nos. 5 and 6 hitters to pop up on the infield to end the threat.

After a pair of sixth-inning runs, East Peoria went up 9-1 after a three-run homer by Graves and a two-run shot by Remi Ferguson in the seventh.

Morton did not go quietly in its half of the seventh inning.

Case sent a single down the third-base line to score a pair of runs with one out. The next hitter, Nimmo, rapped an RBI single to left to make it 9-4.

Back-to-back strikeouts ended the game and kept the Raiders unbeaten in league play.

The Morton outfielders repeatedly made plays on line drives on a windy day that allowed the team to stay close.

“I’m happy with the way our outfield played today,” said Szetela, who mentioned left fielder Mooney’s snag on a drive by the game’s first batter, Brooke Jacobs, for a loud out.

Opel kept East Peoria at bay for five frames before eventually giving up eight earned runs on 14 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Wharram entered the circle circle to record the last two outs.

Mooney and Opel both had two of the Potters’ seven hits off Graves, who struck out nine.

Canton 8, MHS 0

The Lady Giants shut out the Potters on three hits on Thursday.

The only extra-base hit for Morton (7-9, 3-3) was a Serrurier double.

Only a 3-0 margin through five innings, Canton scored five times in the sixth to win decisively.

Opel had 10 strikeouts and three walks in a complete game. Two of the runs were unearned.

Megan Sharpshair had three of the Lady Giants’ nine hits. She cranked a sixth-inning grand slam.

The Potters ended the week in a three-way tie for third place in the conference standings with Pekin and Limestone.