By Zach James
Herald Assistant Sports Editor
MORRISON, Ill. — It just took a little patience Monday for the Morrison hitters to get the timing down of the pitches from Sherrard’s Rachel Winston.
The Fillies defeated the Tigers 10-2, with Morrison scoring eight of the runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Morrison improved to 18-3, while Sherrard dropped to 20-7.
Winston had a perfect game going until right fielder Lakin Goodman got an infield single in the third inning with two outs.
“She definitely had her riseball working,” Morrison pitcher Lauren Rice said. “For riseball pitchers, you can pick up her spin, not necessarily easy. It’s about being patient and swinging with a purpose.”
Lauren Vos had a two-run double in the fourth inning that put the Fillies up for good. Vos also had an RBI hit-by-pitch the following inning that was preceded by three consecutive singles to left field.
Rice had a two-run single in the fifth inning that scored Emma Melton and Rachel Davis. Rice was 2-for-4 on the day.
“I just think about being calm and not thinking about anything except getting a hit,” Rice said.
In the circle, the future University of Missouri player struck out the side to start the game but allowed a run in each of the next two innings to give Sherrard the early lead.
“It felt awesome knowing I had a defense behind me even if I gave up any hits,” Rice said. “I was feeling good and hitting my spots early. ... I did hit my spots (in the second and third innings) but didn’t have enough spin. Working on the little things will help me a lot during practices.”
After surrendering the two early runs, Rice allowed just four baserunners. She allowed three hits (including two in the seventh) and a walk in the last four innings.
Rice struck out eight Sherrard hitters and had 17 first-pitch strikes. She threw the most pitches to leadoff hitter Jaryn Kinder, who went 2-for-5 while facing 20 pitches. Faith Anderson and Jordan Hutton, the Nos. 6 and 9 hitters, went a combined 1-for-6 and saw just six pitches each from the Fillies hurler.
Monday’s game was one that Morrison needed to win to stay afloat near the top of the Three Rivers.
“I didn’t put any pressure on the girls, but I did tell them that this was a conference game that we need to win, and let’s have fun,” Morrison Coach Tammy Deter said. “It’s a big win; we’ve been struggling, but we put it all together.”
MORRISON 10, SHERRARD 2
Sherrard 011 000 0 — 2 7 3
Morrison 000 442 x — 10 10 0
Rachel Winston (6 ip, 11 h, 10 r, 10 er, 0 bb, 6 so) and Karsen Elgas. Lauren Rice (7 ip, 6 h, 2 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 8 so) and Lauren Vos. Multiple hits — Sherrard (Jaryn Kinder 2); Morrison (Ashley Davis 2, Brooke Stralow 2, Rice 2, Jaeden Workman 2). 2B — Sherrard (Kenzie Corlett); Morrison (Vos, Stralow). RBIs — Sherrard (Spenser Strandgard, Corlett); Morrison (Vos 3, Rice 2, Stralow 2, Workman).