Logsdon, Riley throw Lady Pilgrims for a loop
PLYMOUTH — South Bend Riley pitcher Jackie Logsdon had something that the Plymouth Lady Pilgrim softball team hadn’t seen much of only three games into the season — a change-up.
The Wildcat right-hander used the pitch early and often in the game en route to a three-hit, nine-strikeout performance and a 7-0 shutout against the host Lady Pilgrims Monday night.
“She had the best change-up we have seen all year.” Plymouth head coach Ed Kelso said of Riley’s starter. “That is something that we talk about at practice, but it is hard to practice against unless you have somebody who can throw that. The key to the whole thing is that we need to make sure if she throws the first one down the middle we have to hit it so that she doesn’t have a chance to throw it again.”
The Plymouth defense had its mid-game woes for the second consecutive contest, allowing Riley to get the early lead in the third inning. Plymouth starting pitcher Marissa Sullivan gave up a single to the number eight hitter in the Wildcat line-up and followed it up by walking the next hitter to put runners at first and second base. Both runners advanced into scoring position on stolen bases early in the count to leadoff hitter Angie Panelli and she drove them both home with a single of her own. Panelli would score two batters later on a line drive up the middle by the Wildcat clean-up hitter, and the Lady Pilgrims found themselves down 3-0 after the inning.
Plymouth head coach Ed Kelso was upset with his team’s performance through the middle innings.
“We addressed that, we need to stay focused for the whole game. It’s a long game and you have to be ready for every ball that is coming to you,” he said.
Riley padded its lead with two unearned runs in the fifth inning. A fielding error by Plymouth shortstop Morgan O’Neil followed up by a throwing error by third baseman Britney Horvath allowed the first run of the inning to cross the plate. The second run of the inning scored on a fielder’s choice as O’Neil fielded a ground ball and tried to throw a wildcat runner out at the plate, but the throw was not in time.
The Plymouth offense had a chance to answer with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Horvath got on by a throwing error and advanced to third base on a throwing error by the pitcher on a Darian Sarna groundball. The scoring opportunity was wiped out in the next at-bat when Hailey Traski hit a line drive that was caught by the second baseman, who threw to first base to double off Sarna.
The Wildcats added two insurance runs in the sixth inning, and Plymouth tried to mount a rally in the seventh but squandered back-to-back singles by Sarah Iwinski and Horvath to end the game.
The good news for the Lady Pilgrims is they don’t have much time to dwell on the loss. The Bremen Lions come to town tonight for a 5 p.m. start followed by match-ups with Glenn Thursday, Tippecanoe Valley Friday, and Michigan City Saturday.
• SOUTH BEND RILEY 7, PLYMOUTH 0
Riley: 003 022 0 — 7 6 2
Plymouth: 000 000 0 — 0 3 4
Marissa Sullivan (L), Britney Horvath (6) and Emilee Kielman; Logsdon (W) and Busfield
3B: Chapman (R)
Records: Plymouth 0-3