GIBSON CITY -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley softball team won 5-2 Friday over Tri-Valley.
"That was a good win," GCMS head coach Kara Smith said.
Aside from the sixth inning, Madi Eberle tossed 13 innings for GCMS (12-6, 7-2 Heart of Illinois Conference) without allowing a run through the past two days, including a perfect game on Thursday against Ridgeview/Lexington.
Eberle finished Friday's game with 17 strikeouts and two walks while allowing two unearned runs on three hits.
"Madi has had a long week," Smith said. "I'm proud of and happy for her and the way she came out and shut them down and let her defense play, but we've got to be stronger on defense."
The Falcons scored a go-ahead run in the second inning and two more runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead.
Makenzi Bielfeldt was hit by a pitch with two outs in the second inning and advanced to second base on a passed ball before Summer Roesch sent her home with a base hit to right field.
Eberle lined a one-out double to center field in the third inning before scoring on a triple hit by Lindsey Heinz to right field. With two outs, Maci Bielfeldt sent Heinz across home plate with a single to center field.
"We kind of came out a little slow with our bats, and then the second time through the lineup, we made a couple of adjustments and got a couple of runs in," Smith said.
Tri-Valley's Izzy Mata started the top of the sixth inning by reaching base on an error on an infield popup before a throwing error resulted in Morgan Hauptman reaching base and Mata crossing home plate.
Hauptman scored on a passed ball to cut the Vikings' deficit to 3-2.
The Falcons responded with two more runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Makenzi Bielfeldt walked and Roesch got on base with an infield single with two outs before Hannah Hathaway singled to right field to send Bielfeldt across home plate and Ashley Hyatt -- who ran as a courtesy for the catcher Roesch -- scored on a wild pitch.
"We kind of had the snowball effect there in the sixth inning. We need to learn how to stop that snowball, but what I'm proud of is how they responded," Smith said.
Roesch and Hathaway each finished the game hitting 2-for-3 as GCMS finished the game with eight hits at the plate.
"We had a couple of people step up, and it was nice to see that they're putting the ball in play," Smith said. "We've been stressing hitting a lot. It's kind of frustrating as a coach spending all that time on hitting with nothing to show for it, but now I think they're starting to come around. They're getting a better idea and understanding of the philosophy of hitting."
GCMS 5, Tri-Valley 2
TV 000 002 0 -- 2 3 0
GCMS 012 002 x -- 5 8 4
W -- Madi Eberle, 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 17 K, 2 BB. L -- Mata, 6 IP, 8 H,
Tri-Valley -- Leipold 1-4. Mata R. Hauptman 1-3, R. Gaulik 1-2.
GCMS (12-6, 7-2) -- Emily Clinton 1-4. Madi Eberle 1-3, 2B, RBI, R. Lindsey Heinz 1-3, 3B, RBI, R. Maci Bielfeldt 1-3, RBI. Makenzi Bielfeldt 2 R. Summer Roesch 2-3, RBI, R. Hannah Hathaway 2-3, RBI.