Jordan Wheeler, Blue Ridge Softball Wins Conference Game over Fisher

FARMER CITY, Ill. -- The pitching arm of Jordan Wheeler and the big bats of Kalyn Reynolds and Marcie Crawford led the Lady Knights to a 6-0 victory over the Fisher Bunnies.

Less than 24 hours after Wheeler threw 12 strikeouts in a nine-inning pitching performance in Monticello, she struck out a dozen Fisher batters and allowed only two hits and one walk in a complete-game shutout. Her pitching record is now 8-1 on the season.

In the first two innings, the Bunnies put a runner on first and second base. But Wheeler struck out two batters in each inning to get out of the jam.

From there, it was all Blue Ridge. In the third inning, Crawford hit a two-out single to drive in Reynolds, who scored from second base after hitting a double, for what would be the game-winning run.

In the fourth inning, Reynolds smacked a pitch past the left-field fence for a two-run home run to give the Knights a 3-0 lead. Hannah Mattingly scored from first base on the homer.

In the sixth inning, Crawford put the game out of reach with a two-run dinger of her own, driving Reynolds to home plate from first base. Wheeler followed that with a home run in the next at-bat.

Reynolds finished the game batting 3-for-3 at the plate and scoring three runs. Crawford went 2-for-4 with three RBIs while Wheeler finished 2-for-2 with a double and two walks to go with her homer.

With the win, Blue Ridge improves its record to 11-2 overall and 2-0 in the Heart of Illinois Conference. They will hit the Weedman Park diamond Thursday, as they face Villa Grove at 4:30 p.m.

Other Notable Blue Ridge Batters

Jordyn Fones -- 2-for-4, double.

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