Mattoon had another explosive day at the plate Tuesday, scoring 27 runs in two softball games to sweep Taylorville and earn its fifth straight victory.
The Green Wave, which had scored 21 runs the day before in a rout of Shiloh, scored 19 in the second game with Taylorville to improve to 10-11 overall and 3-5 in the Apollo Conference.
Ivie Edwards struck out nine, gave up just three hits and did not allow an earned run in the 8-2 win in the opener. Edwards also collected three hits while Liz Enlow ripped two triples among three hits and she also drove in three runs. Sophie Artis added two hits.
After Taylorville tied the score at 2 in the second inning, the Green Wave responded with three in the top of the third.
Abby Mathias drove in four runs and Cadance McDaniels knocked in three more during the 19-0 win in the nightcap. Mathias and McDaniels had three hits apiece. Enlow allowed only two hits and struck out six in a game halted after four innings because of the run rule.
Mattoon collected 28 hits overall.
Enlow and Edwards did not allow a single earned run and limited Taylorville to just five hits overall.
“Our pitchers pitched lights out,” Saucier said. “I was talking with the other coaches on the bus ride home and that is definitely one thing we discussed. Their pitches were working, they threw with confidence, and it definitely showed.”
Mattoon has a makeup series with Mahomet next Tuesday that could determine the Apollo Conference championship.
“They will definitely be a tough team,” Saucier said, “but, if we come out playing like we have the past couple games, I have full confidence we can push some more wins in conference.”