JONESVILLE — The game was delayed two days because of the weather but the wait was worth it for the Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Softball which defeated the Chesnee Middle School Softball Team 19-9.
In a statement released Friday, JEMS Coach Jay Voiselle announced the Wildcats victory over the Eagles during in Thursday’s game at Lockhart. The game was the second half of a double-header and was a makeup game for the Wildcats and Eagles that had originally been scheduled to play Tuesday. The game, however, was called after one inning due to the weather, and rescheduled for Thursday.
Voiselle said that during Thursday’s game the Wildcats scored eight runs in the last inning to secure the 19-9 win.
Things did not, however, start out well for the Wildcats which fell behind the Eagles during the early part of the game.
“Chesnee jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the top of the first,” Voiselle said.
The Eagles did not remain in the lead, however, as Jonesville soon began its comeback and took the lead.
Voiselle said that “after scattered walks, hits, and errors by both teams,” in the bottom of the second inning Jonesville got “key hits from Brianna Hughey and Landyn Queen to take the lead 11-9.”
Jonesville’s success continued in the top of the third inning where Voiselle said “Riley Gregory and the Jonesville defense would hold Chesnee scoreless.” He said that in the bottom of the third inning “Kyleigh Allen would hit a lead off triple, leading to six more base hits in a row for the Wildcats, earning eight more runs.”
With those eight runs the score was 19-9 in Jonesville’s favor.
Voiselle said it was shortly after that, with Jonesville still at the plate, the game was called due to limit rules.
With Thursday’s victory, Jonesville is now 2-4 for the season.
Voiselle praised the team for their performance, especially their ability to come back after the other team took an early lead.
“I’m extremely proud of the positive attitude and effort of our girls when facing adversity,” Voiselle said. “We got down early, but we kept our composure and kept fighting.”
Loss To Boiling Springs
Jonesville also saw action on Wednesday against Boiling Springs Middle School but that contest, a tight one that saw both teams scoreless for the first three innings, didn’t end as well for the Wildcats who fell 6-4 to the Eagles.
In a statement released Thursday morning, Voiselle said Wednesday’s home game at the Mac Cunningham Sports Complex in Jonesville began with the Wildcats and the Bulldogs “locked at zero for three innings.” During those innings, Voiselle said Jonesville pitcher Riley Gregory struck out six Bulldogs.
The scoreless game began to change at the top of the third inning when Voiselle said “Landyn Queen scored on a Niasia Stewart base hit, putting Jonesville up 1-0. Naykai Lindsey then drove in Jemeria Foster and Stewart with a base hit, making it 3-0 Jonesville.”
At the top of the fourth inning, Boiling Springs got on the scoreboard with a run, but Voiselle said the Wildcats “played excellent defense lead by Jemeria Foster, Niasia Stewart, and Brianna Hughey.”
The score was now 3-1, but at the bottom of the fourth inning, Voiselle said Jonesville added another run “with singles from Niasia Stewart, Naykai Lindsey, and Kyleigh Allen” making it 4-1 in the Wildcats favor.
At the top of the fifth inning, however, Boiling Springs made its comeback, using what Voiselle said were “quality base hits, a few Jonesville errors, and a few Jonesville walks” to tie the game at 4-4.
Then, in the top of the sixth inning, “with ten minutes left in a two-hour drop dead game,” Voiselle said Boiling Springs scored “the go ahead run off of a single to left field (and) then added another run to win the game 6-4.”
With its loss to Boiling Springs, Jonesville is now 1-4 for the seasson.
Voiselle said Wednesday’s contest was a clash of two teams that both played good defensive games with the one with the better game prevailing.
“Our girls made a commitment to limit errors and concentrate on not shooting ourselves in the foot,” Voiselle said. “We played a very good defensive game, Boiling Springs just played a better one.”
Jonesville’s next game will be a home game against Lockhart on Monday, March 27 at 5 p.m. The Wildcats will then play at Clinton on Tuesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. They will then finish up their season with a home game against Dorman on Friday, March 31 at 5 p.m. Friday, March 31 will be 8th Grade Night at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School.
The Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Softball Team won its second victory of the season Thursday evening during a game against Chesnee. The game, which was played in Lockhart, saw the Wildcats come from behind to best the Eagles 19-9. Jonesville plays its next game Monday at home against Lockhart.