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May 11, 2014

Vikings sweep up Generals in Big 12 Conference doubleheader

DANVILLE — The Danville softball team hosted Decatur MacArthur for a doubleheader in Big 12 conference action on Saturday and the Vikings swept the Generals with 10-0 and 9-8 wins.

Game one saw Alissa Peelman shut down the Generals, only allowing 2 hits and striking out five over four innings. Tera Baxter came in and got the last three outs.

“I threw well in game one hitting my spots, the team was fired up and ready to play,” Peelman said.

Offensively, the Vikings were led by Kennedy Richards, who hit two home runs and drove in three.

“I have been struggling some lately, so I went up there looking just to make contact and I hit it hard,” Richards said.

Lindsey Loewenstein had three RBI’s also in game one.

Danville came out aggressive in game one, sending 13 batters to the plate in the first inning and taking a 9-0 lead.

“We came out fired up and ready to play today and it showed early, we really attacked the ball,” Danville coach Corey Pullin said.

The Generals didn’t do well in game one as they only had two runners in scoring position and the Vikings shut the door on them quickly and made quick work of them in game one.

Game two was a different type of game as MacArthur got eight runs against Danville in the first two innings and led 8-2.

The Vikings were plagued with poor play and walking batters during the first two innings. But Peelman came in relief and settled in after the second inning as the Generals didn’t score again.

“Alissa (Peelman) came in and did a real good job for us to allow us to get our bats a going in game two,” Pullman said.

Mackenzie King, Megan Burton, Peelman, and Loewenstein led the offensive attack in game two as the Vikings battled back to get the win.

“I feel we played hard and did a good job of coming back to get the win,” Peelman said.

The Vikings return to action on Monday with a non-conference game against Rantoul.

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