Lady Panthers bury Mt. Zion

Bryan Veginski

Washington challenged the Morton softball team, but the Potters eventually prevailed May 14.

After the Mid-Illini Conference game at Jan Smith Field that began a day earlier was completed, Morton was a 4-1 winner.

Jennica Hipes went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, and Kate Stinson knocked in the Lady Panthers’ lone run.

After the Potters got the lead in the top of the first inning, Washington countered with a tally.

Morton, which was outhit 6-5, went ahead to stay with two third-inning runs.

Sara Hamilton also doubled for the Lady Panthers.

Alecia Lauss took the loss. She fanned eight and walked five.

East Peoria 3, WCHS 2 (10): The Lady Panthers suffered a tough loss May 15.

Washington wound up 4-10 in the conference and tied Dunlap for sixth place after a defeat at Mizuno Field.

It was scoreless until the eighth when Hipes provided a two-run double, the lone extra-base hit for either side.

East Peoria came back with two runs in its half to extend the game deeper into extra innings.

The Raiders won it in the 10th to even their M-I mark at 7-7.

All the runs Lauss gave up in 9 1/3 innings of work were unearned. She struck out six and walked two.

Lauss and East Peoria’s Meghan Bolen matched zeroes for the first seven innings in a pitcher’s duel.

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 12, WCHS 10; WCHS 13, Mt. Zion (5): The Lady Panthers split a pair of games May 17 to round out the regular year.

Washington (8-24) had a combined 21 hits and several big innings.

Against SH-G, the Lady Panthers were down 10-2 after three-and-a-half innings before making a comeback.

Stinson was 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Hamilton also doubled and knocked in three runs.

Alli Thome and Hipes both went 2-for-4, including a double for the latter player, and Sarah Misselhorn also drove in a run.

Taylor Brace (1-4), Heather Sweet and Amber Venegonia all took turns pitching with the first girl taking the defeat.

Washington pounded Mt. Zion with 10 hits and innings of three, four and six runs.

Hamilton homered, doubled and collected three RBI in a 3-for-3 performance.

Dani Frye and Sweet had two hits apiece, and Frye and Thome both knocked in two runs. Frye and Hipes doubled.

Beaulea Lacey had an RBI as well, and Lauss was solid with the ample run support.

Lauss (6-18) struck out three, did not surrender a walk and was touched for six hits.