Riding the right arm of ace hurler Amber Logemann, the second-ranked Earlham softball team blanked No. 6 Don Bosco by a 3-0 count in a Class 1A semifinal Thursday at Rogers Park.
Logemann retired the first 16 batters she faced and fired a two-hitter with 15 strikeouts. The Kirkwood recruit actually fanned eight straight Dons at one point between the first and fourth innings
Abbey Murphy, a shortstop and No. 3 hitter, went 2-for-4 to pace the Cardinal offensive charge. Earlham, which is making its third state trip in the past four years, plated single runs in the first, second and sixth frames.
Up next for the Cardinals is a championship battle with third-ranked Martensdale St. Mary's (40-2) this morning at 10 a.m. on Diamond 1.
Brittany Hickson (double) and Olivia Rigdon (single) contributed the lone hits for Don Bosco, who will face No. 10 Charter Oak-Ute (28-13) in a third-place game today at 9:30 a.m. on Diamond 2.
Earlham 110 001 0-3 7 1
Don Bosco 000 000 0-0 2 3
Amber Logemann (W, 29-1; 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 15 K) and Amy Wright; Karli Welter (L, 13-6; 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) and Cate Paulsen.2B-E: Wright; DB: Brittany Hickson. MH-E: Abbey Murphy (2). SH-E: Morgan Johnson, Tess Ory. SB-E: Johnson. LOB-E: 11; DB: 3.