CHARLESTON — The Lincoln softball team has struggled to begin the season. The Railsplitters came in with a 1-3 record and dropped both of their Apollo Conference games to Mahomet-Seymour. Lincoln has been shutout in two of its three losses this season.
Charleston's season has gotten off to a much different start. The Trojans came into Saturday's Apollo doubleheader against Lincoln without a blemish on its record this season, 6-0 overall with a 2-0 mark in conference. The Trojans continued their winning ways Saturday, sweeping the doubleheader 18-0 and 10-0.
Charleston strung together plenty of hits, 34, in the two games and combined for 28 runs. In the circle, three pitchers combined to only allow one hit in the two games, including Dee Campbell's second no-hitter of the season, as the Trojans shutout Lincoln in both games. Defensively, Charleston committed only one error in the two games.
"They did a nice job of doing what expect of them defensively, up to bat and the pitching was great again," Charleston coach Blain Mayhall said. "Dee had a no-hitter. Emily (Price) did a great job in the first game. I am happy with the bats. It's tough for the opposing pitcher to throw both games and when you see someone that many times, you are bound to put some hits together and we did. All-in-all, just another good day all the way around."
Price got the start in the first game and went the first four innings, allowing only one hit, walking two and striking out five batters. Macey McElravy didn't allow a hit and struck out two batters in the final inning.
Offensively, Charleston struck right away with three runs in the first, two more in the second and then 13 runs in the third in the 18-0 win.
Reagan McGahey hit her second home run of the season and was 2-for-3 with five RBIs. Ramsey Armstrong was 3-for-4 and was a home run short of the cycle with a triple, a double, two runs scored and three RBIs. Kennedy Fellers was 3-for-3 with a triple, two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Haleigh Misner was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs. Natalie Gordon scored three runs, McElravy and Payton Melton each had two runs and two RBIs, Bailey Cox scored twice and Price was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Campbell went all five innings in the second game. She earned her second no-hitter of the season and struck out 10 batters. The only blemish was the four walks she allowed in the game.
"I told her she could've had a perfect game if she didn't walk people," Mayhall said. "She's doing a great job and is locked in. She will tell you she didn't have as big of command as what she has, but she stayed focused on what she needed to do."
Charleston broke the game open quickly in the second game with seven runs in the first inning. Three more runs in the third gave the Trojans the 10 runs they needed to end the game in five innings.
Gordon was 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI, McGahey had two RBIs, Campbell was 3-for-3 with an RBI, McElravy and Fellers were both 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Armstrong was 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
Charleston is 4-0 in the Apollo, but Mayhall isn't looking at the next conference doubleheader at Taylorville on Saturday, April 14. The Trojans are at Cumberland Monday and host Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg on Wednesday to go along with a road game at a five-win Marshall team on Friday.
"We are looking forward to playing Cumberland on Monday. The girls seem focused and ready to go. This is a fun group to be around," Mayhall said. "They are playing for each other and are positive in the dugout. It's always a great thing as a coach, you don't have to worry about the drama and nonsense that's happening. Very proud of them for that."