MATTOON (JG-TC) — Lake Land defeated John A. Logan 2-0 in the first game Friday and 3-2 in the second game, raising its record to 46-11 and putting the Lady Lakers in sole possession of first place in Region 24 and the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.

Emily Oestreich was the winning pitcher for both games improving her record to 25-2-1. Oestreich allowed three hits and struck out nine batters in the shutout and allowed one hit and struck out one in one inning of relief in the second game. Katelyn Fisher pitched the first seven innings of the second game allowing five hits and striking out five.

In the first game Samantha Valentine and Kendra Gengenbacher each doubled for the Lakers.

The second game was more of a challenge as Lake Land took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but Logan came back in the fourth to tie it 1-1. The seventh inning ended with the score still tied. Logan scored a run in the top of the eighth putting the pressure on the Lady Lakers. Madison Boone batted in two runners to clinch the win.

“We played two games against a talented John Logan team,” said Lake Land coach Nic Nelson. “Katelyn Fisher pitched a great seven innings in the second game. Then Emily (Oestreich) came in an gave up a run for the tie. Two hits, an out and a hit by Madison Boone gave us the win, 3-2.

“Boone didn’t have the best day at the plate, but she did what we needed when we needed it.”

Lake Land travels to Olney on Tuesday to finish a game that was suspended after the first inning and then to play a doubleheader against Lincoln Trail.

Friday the Lakers are to host the first two playoff games starting at 2 p.m. Their opponent is to be named Wednesday and a third game is scheduled for Saturday, if needed to determine the series winner (two wins needed).

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