St. Elmo 12, Neoga 4
Neoga 5, St. Elmo 0
The St. Elmo girls picked up their first win of the season with a 12-4 victory over Neoga in a doubleheader last Thursday.
Shelby Sapp led St. Elmo hitters with a 2-for-4 performance and 4 RBIs. Also having two hits in the contest were Lindsey Mills, Cortney Calhoun, Taylor Carson and Meghan Evans.
Mills drove in two runs, and Brooke Maxey, Calhoun, Dylan Dilley, Taylor and Evans each had one RBI.
Calhoun allowed just one hit in improving to 1-2 on the season. She struck out seven and walked two, and only one of four runs she allowed was earned.
“As good as our hitting was,” said coach Tom Fedrigon, “our defense was even better.
“We had several fine individual plays, with Brooke Maxey making an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch, and Shelby Sapp making some nice catches in the field,” he said.
“Perhaps the biggest story of the game, however, was the play of the battery mates, with Megan Durbin behind the plate and Cortney on the mound. Megan has really stepped up her game,” Fedrigon said.
Neoga won the second game, 5-0, with St. Elmo held to just a single by Durbin.
Calhoun took the loss, allowing four hits and five runs while striking out one and walking four.
“The box score shows that we had only one hit, but that doesn’t mean our bats quieted down any,” Fedrigon said.
"We once again played excellent defense, committing no errors in a game for the first time this season,” he said.
“Before we started this evening, I asked the girls to play hard and do something to make themselves better ballplayers today – they accomplished both of those in a big way.
St. Elmo is 1-1 in National Trail Conference play and 1-7 overall.
Breese Central 6, Vandalia 5
Audra Donaldson held Breese Central to just one earned run on six hits last Wednesday, but the Lady Cougars scored five unearned runs to defeat the Lady Vandals.
Donaldson struck out eight and walked two in the loss, which dropped the Lady Vandals to 2-4 on the year.
Dakota Kellow led the Lady Vandals with three hits in five trips to the plate, and Brittney Bennett was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, two coming home on her double in the Lady Vandals’ three-run seventh inning.
Taylor Brown, Laura Hobbie and Donaldson each had one hit.