Jeff Davis High’s softball team, perhaps still smarting from a pair of losses to Cook High, bounced back last week with five victories, including a 3-game sweep of Region 1AA opponent Dodge County.
Sophomore pitcher Carrie Ellen Arnold keyed the first two wins over Dodge, a 3-0 win Tuesday in Hazlehurst with a 1-hit performance and no-hitting the Lady Indians Thursday in Eastman in a 5-0 victory.
Friday’s game in Eastman was a slugfest as the teams combined for 26 hits in a 15-4 Lady Jacket victory.
Saturday in Baxley, JD got a pair of wins, defeating Colquitt County 10-2 behind Jaci Underwood’s four RBI performance and topping Appling County 6-1.
The games left Jeff Davis with an 11-3 record.
In the Tuesday win over Dodge, the Lady Jackets got all their runs in the first inning and let Arnold finish off the Lady Indians. Jenna Miles led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and Underwood followed with a triple to score Miles. Claire Stinson and Ava Bohannon followed with singles and Arnold reached on an error and the score was quickly 3-0. Arnold allowed only three base runners in the game on a single and two walks. She retired the last 11 batters in a row.
Underwood tripled and drove in a run, Stinson had a single and an RBI, and Miles, Bohannon and Kalleigh Sellers each singled.
Arnold gave up one hit, walked two and struck out 10.
In Thursday’s 5-0 victory, Arnold didn’t have as dominating a performance as Tuesday’s game, as she had only two strikeouts. But the Lady Jacket defense backed up Arnold for her no-hit performance.
In Tuesday’s game, JD began the offense with four straight hits. Thursday, Miles opened the game with a double, Underwood singled and Stinson doubled and Jeff Davis quickly led 2-0.
The second began with a Bentlee Metts’ 4-pitch walk, followed by consecutive singles by Laisha Hernandez, Miles and Underwood making it 3-0. Bohannon’s sacrifice fly made it 4-0.
JD got the final run in the fourth as Stinson grounded out with the bases loaded.
Lightning moved into the area after the fifth and the game had to be halted.
Underwood was 3-for-3 with an RBI to pace the offense. Hernandez and Miles had a pair of singles, Stinson doubled and drove in two runs, and Bohannon had an RBI.
Arnold’s no-hitter came with two strikeouts and a walk.
Thursday’s late afternoon thunderstorm resulted in the second game of the double header being moved to Friday.
Both teams had hot bats. JD smacked out 15 hits including five doubles, a triple and a pair of homers. Dodge had 11 hits with three doubles and two homers.
Underwood’s bat was sizzling as she went 4-for-4 with a single, two doubles, a home run and two RBI. Stinson singled, homered and drove in four runs, Miles had a single, a double and three RBI, Arnold had a double, a triple and an RBI, Kira Buford had a single and two RBI, Kalleigh Sellers and Alara McCall each had a single and an RBI, Hernandez doubled and Jazmine Villasenor singled.
Jaqueline Villasenor went the distance on the mound. She gave up four runs on 11 hits, walked none and struck out five.
In Saturday’s first game against Class 7A Colquitt County, a 10-2, 6-inning Lady Jacket win, Underwood picked up where she left off the day before has she had a double, a homer and four RBI.
And Jaqueline Villasenor had a solid performance on the mound giving up only one earned run on five hits. She walked two and fanned eight.
The Lady Jackets spotted the Lady Packers to a 1-0, first inning lead but then blew the game open with a 6-run second inning.
Bohannon led off the second with a home run over the left field fence. With one out, Ella Wood and Cori Mims singled and Metts followed with a double to put JD up 2-1. With two outs, Miles was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Underwood then cleaned the bases with a double to make it 5-1, and went to third on the throw. She then scored on a passed ball to make it 6-1.
Stinson drove in a run in the fourth.
In the sixth, Underwood and Stinson hit back-to-back homers, Bohannon doubled, Alera Vann singled and Jazmine Villasenor drove in a run with a ground out to end the game by the run rule.
Backing up Underwood’s big day at the plate were Bohannon with a double, a homer and an RBI, Stinson with a single, a homer and two RBI, Metts with a pair of doubles and an RBI, Wood with two singles, a sacrifice and an RBI, and Mims, Hernandez, Vann and Buford with singles.
Arnold came close to getting another shutout against Appling County as the Lady Jackets led 6-0 going into the bottom of the sixth which turned out to be the final inning as, with four games scheduled Saturday in Baxley, there was a 1-hour time limit on each game. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Lady Pirates finally got on the scoreboard with a 2-out, solo home run by Atkins.
In the top of the first inning, Jeff Davis got a run as Arnold reached on an error.
JD got three runs in the second as Metts got a 1-out double and scored on a Hernandez single. Hernandez advanced to third and scored on Miles’ sacrifice fly. Underwood followed with a single, went to second on an error, took third on a passed ball and scored on another passed ball to make it 4-0.
The Lady Jackets got two more runs in the fourth. With runners on second and third, Metts scored on a passed ball and Hernandez also scored on a passed ball.
the Lady Jackets got only five hits, doubles by Metts and Sellers, and a trio of singles. Metts had a double and a single to lead the offense, Sellers doubled, Hernandez had a single and an RBI, Underwood singled, and Miles and Arnold both had an RBI.
Arnold gave up one run on four hits, walked one, hit two, and struck out six.
Score by innings:
DCHS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0
JDHS 3 0 0 0 0 0 x -3
JDHS 2 2 0 1 0 -5
DCHS 0 0 0 0 0 -0
JDHS 0 0 2 5 0 2 6 -15
DCHS 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 – 4
CCHS 1 0 0 0 0 1 – 2
JDHS 0 6 0 1 0 3 -10
JDHS 1 3 0 2 0 0 -6
ACHS 0 0 0 0 0 1 -1