By Brenden West Assistant Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald
---- — MORRISON, Ill. — Morrison catcher Chelsea Eads recalled coach Tammy Deter’s words following the team’s first conference loss to Bureau Valley last week.
“We have to put the past behind us,” Eads said. “It’s what we do next that matters.”
The Fillies responded with 19 runs spread out over two games Monday as they swept a doubleheader with Fulton at the Morrison Sports Complex. Despite scores of 11-1 and 8-0, Steamers coach Jen Pepper said her team was in both games. Late scoring runs by Morrison served as momentum killers.
“We made some fundamental mistakes on defense, and we beat ourselves,” Pepper said.
In particular, she pointed to Game 1, in which the score was tied 1-1 entering the fifth inning. The game ended in the sixth, an 11-1 slaughter rule. Seven of Morrison’s 11 hits came in the final inning.
“I don’t think they beat us,” Pepper said. “We were right in that game.”
The Steamers also held Morrison to two runs through four innings in Game 2.
Fulton pitcher Chelsea Lesnewski walked leadoff batter Jessica Wieneke to bring up the top of the order to bat for Morrison in the fifth. Shannon Finneran drove Wieneke in on a double and later scored after an errant throw by Fulton third baseman Kylie Kennedy.
Meanwhile, the Steamers couldn’t put their own runners in scoring position. With Allie Wiersema on the mound, Morrison kept most hits in the infield and played a clean game with only one error. Wiersema allowed only five hits with six strikeouts and didn’t walk any Fulton batters.
Defensively, Deter was satisfied with her team’s performance, adding the players responded well to her advice following their last loss.
“I thought we needed to do something else, so we switched it up (defensively),” Deter said. “I thought the girls really responded well. They just went out and played ball tonight.”
Specifically, she pointed to senior Alyssa Workman. Deter decided to move Workman from the outfield to third base. The team was rewarded with error-free softball from the hot corner. Workman effortlessly threw out three batters and in the sixth inning caught a smoking line drive to end the inning.
Morrison picked up three more runs in the sixth as insurance. On the day, the team scored 16 runs between both games in the fifth and sixth innings.
Eads credited the late outbursts to good coaching.
“Our coaches got on us and we started being more disciplined at the plate,” she said.
“They see the pitcher a lot more and they hone in on it,” Deter said on her team going deep into games. “We keep giving them instructions and so far it’s been effective for us.”
The wins improved the Fillies to 13-7. Meanwhile, Fulton dropped to 4-6.
Pepper said many of her team’s games had been canceled from rainouts. Fulton has four games this week as a result, so any lessons learned from Monday will have to be taught on the field during games. The Steamers are 1-6 in conference play.
“We’re making some adjustments,” Pepper said, not mentioning specifics. “There are some things that are going to change come Wednesday.”
MORRISON 11, FULTON 1
Fulton 000 100 — 1 7 1
Morrison 100 046 — 11 13 2
Katherine Wayne (6 ip, 13 h, 11 r, 9 er, 5 bb, 4 so) and Emma Wiemken; Lauren Pannier (6 ip, 7 h, 1 r, 1 er, 0 bb, 3 so) and Chelsea Eads. Multiple hits — Fulton (Jenna Jones 2, Kylie Kennedy 2); Morrison (Alyssa Workman 2, Chelsea Eads 2). 2B — Fulton (Kennedy); 3B — Morrison (Workman). RBI — Fulton (Jones); Morrison (Workman, Shannon Finneran, Allie Wiersema, Eads 2, Lauren Pannier 2, Allie Renkes)
MORRISON 8, FULTON 0
Morrison 200 033 0 — 8 10 1
Fulton 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
Wiersema (7 ip, 4 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 6 so) and Eads; Chelsea Lesniewski (7 ip, 10 h, 8 r, 5 er, 4 bb, 3 so) and Wiemken. Multiple hits —Morrison (Shannon Finneran 3, Wiersema 3, Eads 2); Fulton (Wiemken 2). 2B — Morrison (Finneran); Fulton (Wiemken). RBI — Morrison (Finneran, Wiersema 2, Kaitlyn Finneran 2, Eads 2).