WESTVILLE — Danville coach Corey Pullin knew it was just a matter of time until junior Alissa Peelman and sophomore Lindsey Lowenstein started seeing positive results at the plate.
On Friday afternoon, the duo of Peelman and Lowenstein gave the Vikings all the offense they could have wanted as they went 6-for-10 with two doubles, three home runs and they drove in nine runs as Danville defeated Westville 14-8.
“It felt good to finally get some hits,’’ said Peelman, who was also 3-for-4 in Thursday’s win over Champaign Central. “It seemed like I have just been hitting the ball right at people. I’ve been putting the bat on the ball, but I wasn’t getting many hits until last night.’’
In her first two at-bats on Friday, the only people that had an opportunity to catch the balls coming off of Peelman’s bat were outside the fence, more than 200 feet from home plate.
It was the first time in her softball career that Peelman had smashed a pair of home runs in a game and the two 3-run homers gave the Vikings an 8-0 lead.
“I got a lot of confidence back and my mental state is much better right now,’’ said Peelman, who also added a two-run double in the fifth as she finished with a career-high 8 RBIs. “That’s the first time that I’ve ever done that, as well.’’
So what did she do differently on Friday.
“Nothing, really,’’ she said. “I just kept working hard and concentrating on what I needed to do at the plate.’’
Pullin said the Danville coaching staff wasn’t worried at all with either Peelman or Lowenstein, who had a single, a double and a solo home run in the seventh inning for the Vikings, which won for the fourth time in the past five games to improve to 4-5.