Jeff Davis High’s softball team went on the road for three games last week, topping Swainsboro 11-3 in five innings, downing Bacon County 10-0 in five innings, and blanking Toombs County 6-0. The wins left the Lady Jackets with a 20-4 overall record and an 12-2 region mark.
Swainsboro jumped on starting pitcher Maeleigh Burns for a pair of doubles, two singles and two runs in the bottom of the first inning. But Burns settled down after that as the Lady Jackets dominated the Lady Tigers.
A 6-run JD third inning turned the game around. A walk, singles by Laisha Hernandez and Jenna Miles, and an Ella Wood double tied the game 2-2. Singles by Alicia Lilliott, Burns, Caitlyn Banks and Payton Thigpen built the Jeff Davis lead to 6-2.
Swainsboro got a run back in the bottom of the inning and could have added more but, with one out and a runner at second, Wood fielded a grounder at second, threw to Analese Poole at first and Poole alertly caught the runner off the bag at third and threw to Jaci Underwood for an inning ending double play.
The Lady Jackets added five more runs in the fifth. Poole had a run scoring triple, Hernandez and Underwood singled, and Wood doubled, plus the Lady Tigers committed two errors.
Wood led JD at the plate with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Burns had two singles and an RBI, Hernandez singled twice, Poole had a triple and an RBI, Miles, Underwood and Lilliott each had a single and an RBI, and Banks and Thigpen both singled.
Burns was the winning pitcher. She threw three innings, giving up three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out one. Kelsey Parlor pitched the final two innings and earned a save. She blanked Swainsboro on no hits, walked none, hit one and struck out three.
The Lady Jackets broke up a scoreless tie in the third inning against Bacon County with a 5-run outburst, sending 10 batters to the plate. Bentlee Metts opened the third with a 1-out single, Hernandez singled and Miles drove in Metts with a ground out to second. With two outs, Underwood walked to load the bases and Burns and Poole had back-to-back run-scoring singles. Kalleigh Sellers followed with a 2-run double to make it 5-0.
The Lady Jackets added four more in the fourth. Hernandez, Miles, Wood and Underwood had consecutive singles, and an out later, Poole and Sellers singled and Jeff Davis led 9-0.
Singles by Hernandez and Wood and an error loaded the bases in the fifth and Underwood drove home a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 10-0.
Hernandez was 3-for-3 to lead the offense. Sellers singled and doubled and drove in three runs, Miles, Wood and Poole each had two singles and an RBI, Underwood singled and drove in two runs, Burns had a single and an RBI, and Metts singled.
Parlor pitched a 2-hit shutout. She gave up no free passes and struck out nine.
Against Toombs, Parlor got her second straight shutout and hurled a no-hitter. She walked three batters and fanned a season-high 16 batters.
The game was scoreless through three innings. In the fourth, Miles led off with a single, stole second, went to third on a Wood ground out and scored on an Underwood ground out.
Jeff Davis made it 3-0 in the fifth. Sellers and Poole singled and pinch runner Kira Buford scored on a Metts ground out. Hernandez followed with a run-scoring bunt single.
In the sixth, Underwood led off with a double, Burns singled, Underwood scored on a wild pitch and Sellers blasted a 1-run double to make it 5-0.
In the seventh, Metts, Miles and Underwood singled to up the tally to 6-0.
Miles was 3-for-4 at the plate. Underwood had a single, a double and two RBI, Sellers had a single, a double and an RBI, Metts and Hernandez each had a single and an RBI, and Burns and Poole singled.
Score by innings:
JDHS 0 0 6 0 5 -11
SHS 2 0 1 0 0 – 3
JDHS 0 0 5 4 1 -10
BCHS 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
JDHS 0 0 0 1 2 2 1 -6
TCHS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0