CRESTON – Shenandoah senior Logan Hughes broke the school’s career hits record as part of a doubleheader split with Creston, Wednesday, July 3.
The Fillies lost a 19-16 slugfest in the opener before responding with an 8-4 win in eight innings in the second game.
Hughes had four hits in the opening game to put her career total at 220, passing Brooke Graham, who had held the record since 2002.
Shenandoah trailed 3-2 entering the seventh inning of the nightcap, but Alexis McGinnis’ two-run single gave Shenandoah the lead. Sidda Rodewald and Cayley Lorimor scored on the play after they reached on a walk and a bunt single to start the inning.
Fillies starting pitcher Delanie Voshell retired the first two Panthers in the bottom of the seventh, but then Saige Rice homered to tie the game.
The Fillies would respond, though, with a four-run eighth. Courtnee Griffin walked to start the inning, and then Sara Morales doubled. Rodewald gave Shenandoah the lead with a sacrifice fly. Lorimor followed with another bunt single to give the Fillies runners at the corners, and both would cross the plate on a double by Voshell. Nichole Gilbert reached on an error, and then a groundout by Hughes scored Voshell for the fourth run of the frame.
Creston’s first two batters singled in the bottom of the eighth, but Voshell was able to retire the side with no runs scoring to preserve the win.
Voshell earned the complete game win in the circle for the Fillies. She gave up nine hits and four runs, three earned, while walking one and striking out nine.
Voshell finished with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI to lead the Fillies at the plate. McGinnis, Morales and Lorimor also had two hits each.
The Fillies thought they were going to cruise to a win in the opening game. Playing as the home team, the Fillies scored four runs in the fifth to lead 12-3, but Creston sent 17 batters to the plate and the Fillies twice changed pitchers in a 13-run sixth inning to take the lead. Five Panthers walked in the inning, including three in a row with the bases loaded, and Shenandoah committed three errors as the Panthers turned a 12-3 deficit into a 16-12 lead.
The Fillies scored one in the sixth on an RBI single by Lorimor, but Creston responded with three more in the seventh on a home run, a triple and an error.
The Fillies didn’t go down without a fight in the last of the seventh. Gilbert singled, Hughes doubled and then McGinnis singled to load the bases with no outs. Natalie Gilbert singled in two, and then Morales drove in a run with a one-out groundout. Rodewald’s single brought the tying run to the plate, but she was retired on Lorimor’s groundout to second.
The Fillies scored in every inning and finished the game with 24 hits. Every Fillie starter had a hit and all but one scored in the game.
Hughes’ four hits led the way. She scored three times and drove in three runs. Voshell, Nichole Gilbert, McGinnis, Griffin and Lorimor all had three hits. Griffin smashed a two-run home run in the third inning.
Creston’s nine starters all scored and nine different players had a hit in the impressive comeback win.
Shenandoah’s record moved to 19-12 with the split. The Fillies finished Hawkeye 10 Conference play at 11-9.
Creston’s final regular season was 18-14, 13-7 in the conference.