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MINONK - Heart of Illinois Conference host Fieldcrest knocked off Eureka by a score of 4-1 Wednesday afternoon at Veteran's Park.

Alivia Tjaden went all seven innings in the circle for the Knights (3-4), who were playing their first league contest of the season. She scattered eight hits and allowed the lone Eureka (6-5, 1-2) run in the top of the first. Tjaden threw 29 pitches to get out of the first, but just 62 the rest of the way.

According to Fieldcrest coach Liz Kay, she felt this was her team’s best overall performance so far.

“This is the first game where we played to our potential,” she said. “This is the first game we put it all together pitching, offense and especially our defense.”

The Knights wiped out the 1-0 deficit with three in the bottom of the first. Tjaden, who had three hits, singled in a run. She did that again in the fourth.

Eureka's top two hitters in the order, Morgan Greene and Jayci Swords respectively, were a combined four for eight, while the rest of the lineup was only four of 21.

“We did not hit the ball at all,” Hornets’ coach John Stromberger said. “I told the girls we have to get two hits in a row. We could not put hits together. We struggled hitting coupled with our poor defense to start.”

See article on April 11 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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