The Washington Lady Panthers remained undefeated in Mid Illini Conference play after shutting out the Canton Lady Giants 8-0. Washington goes to 14-5 on the season and 8-0 in the conference.

The Washington Lady Panthers remained undefeated in Mid Illini Conference play after shutting out the Canton Lady Giants 8-0. Washington goes to 14-5 on the season and 8-0 in the conference. The loss drops Bob Barnes Canton team to 6-8 on the year, 3-5 in the conference. 

 

It started out well for the Lady Giants as Canton starting pitcher Blair Jacobus set the Lady Panthers down in order in the first inning.

 

Canton would get a little something going in the first when two were out. Consecutive singles by Karlie Walker and Nico Grisolano put runners on first and second. But that is where they would stay after a strikeout killed the inning.

 

Washington would get all that they needed in the second inning. After a walk to Savannah Budd, Hayley Earl singled. A strikeout was followed by a double to right off the bat of Kayana Diederich, driving in both runners. Diederich tried to stretch the hit into a triple but was thrown out at third on an Anna Reinmann to Sophie Oaks to Mackenzie Hedges play. A groundout to Oaks at second would end the inning with Washington up 2-0.

 

Washington came right back in the third, scoring four more runs. A couple of errors, a walk, and three hits aided in the run production. Washington now had the 6-0 lead.

 

The Canton third fared no better than the second and even the fourth when the Lady Giants were set down in order in each of those innings.  Tori Oaks finally ended the drought when she led off the fifth off with a single.  After two were out, Reinmann added another single in the inning but a groundout out ended the inning leaving runners at first and second.

 

Washington added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Saylor Marchand singled in the inning with Earl getting a double driving in Marchand. Early would eventually score on a fielder’s choice, giving Washington the 8-0 lead.

 

Walker tallied the only hit for Canton in the final two innings, that coming in the sixth. Hedges reached first with an error in that very same inning but both runners would be left stranded. The Lady Giants would go down in order in the final inning, taking the 8-0 conference loss.

 

Blair Jacobus took the loss for Canton, giving up 8 runs on 9 hits. She struck out 2 and walked only 2. 

 

Walker got 2 of Cantons 5 hits. Grisolano, Tori Oaks, and Reinmann each had a hit.

 

Kayanna Diederich was the winning pitcher for Washington.