HERALD STAFF REPORT
THOMSON, Ill. — For the second straight day Thursday, West Carroll had to go against some tough pitching.
Pearl City defeated West Carroll 8-4 in Northwest Upstate Illini Conference softball, and while the Thunder got nine hits, Coach Don Mathey complimented Wolves pitcher Halle Fransen.
“Pearl City has a pitcher who can hit the glove while mixing speeds,” Mathey said. “She is very impressive.”
Fransen did not walk a West Carroll batter and struck out five.
Meanwhile, Abby Maike allowed three earned runs on 21/3 innings en route to her fifth loss of the season. Riley Sullivan came in in relief and allowed three earned runs on five hits.
West Carroll moved to 3-8 on the season.
PEARL CITY 8, WEST CARROLL 4
Pearl City 023 012 0 – 8 12 0
West Carroll 001 200 1 — 4 9 1
(West Carroll stats only)
Abby Maike (21/3 ip. 7 h, 5 r, 3 er, 1 bb, 0 so), Riley Sullivan (42/3 ip, 5 h,3 r, 3 er, 2 bb, 4 so) and Emma Aljets. Multiple hits — Josi Anderson 2, Haley Appel 2. RBIs — Aljets, Appel, Christy Ralston.