By Zach James

Herald Assistant Sports Editor

MORRISON, Ill. — It’s no secret that one big reason for the recent success by the Morrison Fillies is because of its pitching. Add Wednesday’s 3-0 win over West Carroll as another benchmark to said success.

Lauren Pannier struck out nine Thunder hitters and allowed three hits to shut out the Thunder. 

This came a day after Brooke Stralow struck out 16 Amboy batters on Tuesday.

Morrison Coach Tammy Deter sees the work paying off for both Pannier and Stralow.

“Both of those girls have worked really hard in the offseason,” Deter said. “That pays off for them, and they’re very coachable. They care about what they’re doing and you can see that by how they present themselves out there. I like where they’re at ... they work so hard on their pitches, and be correct on their pitches.”

Morrison (5-0, 2-0 TRAC) scored all three of its runs in the first two innings. Stralow brought in Emma Melton in the first inning on an RBI groundout. Melton reached base on a single on a 1-0 pitch. 

“We tried to change it up with the wind playing a little bit more small ball,” Deter said. “I thought we did a good job with that ... we’ve been working hard at it, if we just keep going, hopefully it’ll work one of these times.”

In the second inning, Pannier led off with a single, and later scored when Melton got an RBI single. Emma Sitzmore scored on a Thunder error.

All things considered, Thunder Coach Don Mathey thought freshman pitcher Riley Sullivan did well against the Fillies’ offense.

“We knew how good they were, and realistically, we didn’t have to expect this score in a game,” Mathey said. “She hit the spots and made the plays. It was her first game, too. She showed me some promise for the future, and maybe even the very near future.”

Sullivan was charged with two earned runs in her six-inning outing. The Thunder pitcher also struck out three Fillies while also walking three.

While Sullivan pitched well, Mathey knew the challenge was going to be on the offensive side. West Carroll (3-7, 1-2 TRAC) recently lost to Alleman Catholic 17-0, and an 8-1 loss against Byron.

“We’ve been struggling scoring runs,” Mathey said. “We don’t have anyone to simulate the type of pitching we’ve gone against in batting practice. I guess what was disappointing was taking too many taken third strikes. We had at least five of them.”

Anna Badtke had two hits for West Carroll, while Emma Aljets had a double in the sixth inning. 

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West Carroll 000 000 0 — 0 3 1

Morrison 120 000 x — 3 6 0

Riley Sullivan (6 ip, 6 h, 3 r, 2 er, 3 bb, 3 so) and Emma Aljets. Lauren Pannier (7 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 0 er, 1 bb, 9 so) and Lauren Vos. Multiple hits — WC (Anna Badtke 2); Morrison (Emma Melton 2). 2B — WC (Aljets). RBIs — Morrison (Melton, Rachel Davis, Brooke Stralow).