CATLIN — On a windy and drizzly afternoon in Catlin, two teams with a combined 16 wins and one loss met up in what seemed to be on paper a heavy weight fight in Vermilion Valley Conference play.
The Salt Fork Storm came out of the gates strong and blanked the Hoopeston Area Cornjerkers 15-0 in a five-inning contest behind a two-hit shutout by Logan Sanford.
Sanford was very good on the mound striking out six batters as she was hitting her spots and challenging the batters.
“I’ve been working really hard to hit my spots and with the defense performing well behind me, I just concentrate on throwing strikes and allowing my defense to work,’’ said Sanford,
The game started out well for Hoopeston Area (5-2 overall, 2-2 in the VVC) as their leadoff hitter got on base with a solid single, but Salt Fork’s defense made two nice plays the second one was from the second baseman Camaryn Todd as she turned a double play by tagging the runner and throwing to first to end the inning.
Salt Fork (12-0 overall, 6-0 in the VVC) scored in each inning as their offense was very sharp and aggressive and they hit the ball to all alleys.
“I thought we did a good job of staying selective aggressive and putting pressure on their defense,’’ said Salt Fork coach Kali Ford.
Lea Hall smashed a towering home run in the second inning to give the Storm a 6-0 lead. Hall, Sanford and Lexi Smith all had two hits to pace the Storm, and Salt Fork had all nine spots in the lineup score at least one run.
“We are continuing to improve and have been hitting the ball well as of late,’’ said Ford.
Hoopeston Area’s defense struggled as they committed eight errors.
“We just didn’t show up to play today,” said Hoopeston Area coach John Hardcastle.
The Cornjerkers offense couldn’t get good consecutive at-bats against Sanford either and thus it made for long day.
Salt Fork is back in action today as the Storm will host North Vermillion Falcons; and Hoopeston Area travels to Milford for a VVC contest against the Lady Bearcats.