JONESVILLE — The Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Softball Team scored their first win of the season during a a doubleheader at the Timken Sports Complex Thursday evening.
In a statement released Friday, Coach Jay Voiselle annouced that the team had taken on Broome C Team and the Chesnee Middle School Team, falling to former but triumping over the latter.
Voiselle states that the score was 3-0 in Broome’s favor heading into the top of third inning of the first game of the evening. He said that Broome was at bat and proceeded to score nine runs.
Broome’s pitching dominated the Wildcats, holding them to just one hit. Voiselle said that hit was by Niasia Stewart enabling Landyn Queen to get JEMS its only run.
“The Broome C Team had outstanding pitching and had quality base hits,” Voiselle said. “They capitalized tremendously on the errors we made as well, which made it 13-1 Broome.”
The second game, however, was a far different affair with a far different ending.
Voiselle states that Jonesville was down 2-0 at the top the first inning, but that Wildcats pitcher Riley Gregory was able to battle back at the end of that inning, striking out the last two batters. He said that in the bottom of the first inning, Chesnee walked the first eight JEMS batters until Naykaia Lindsey’s two-run inside park home run.
Over the course of the remainder of the first inning, Voiselle said the Wildcats scored 17 runs on the way to what was eventually a 33-2 win. He said Jonesville had base hits from Jania Prater (2), Riley Gregory, Niasia Stewart, Jemeria Foster, another hit from Lindsey, and a triple by Bethany Hames. Riley Gregory pitched two innings for the Wildcats, striking out five, walking two, and allowing three base hits.
The game was called after two innings due to time limit.
“Riley Gregory pitched extremely well for us today,” Voiselle said. “She threw strikes and made a commitment to keep a positive, never-quitting attitude through both games. Our team saw her stay composed and saw her refuse to get down. Feeding off of her, our team made some key defensive plays the last few innings of the first game and the whole second game.”
After Thursday’s doubleheader, the Wildcats are 1-3 for the season.
The Wildcats travels to Chesnee Tuesday, March 21 for a 5 p.m. game.