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Lady Tigers shut Johnson out twice
Lady Tiger assistant coach Jeff Eastlake, seniors Kaitlyn Stacy, Kayla DeJesus, Suede Jones and Danielle Durham and coach Sharyl Eastlake pose for senior day photos during Saturday’s double-header at home against Johnson. The girls won both games, 24-0 and 16-0. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

The Bradwell Institute Lady Tiger softball team earned an A in chemistry after neutralizing the Johnson High Atomsmashers, 24-0 and 16-0, in a Saturday double-header.

The Lady Tigers proved to be too much for the young Johnson team, which gave up 15 runs in the bottom of the first inning of game one.

The home team added nine more runs in the second and quickly retired three Johnson batters in the top of the third inning to end the game.

After their first swift victory, the Lady Tigers honored their seniors who took the field at BI for the last time in their high school careers.

BI seniors Suede jones, Kayla DeJesus, Kaitlyn Stacy and Danielle Durham were recognized.

Jones is a multi-sport athlete who has played basketball and soccer for the past three seasons. She has played on the Lady Tiger softball squad for five years and won the most improved player award in the 2006-07 season. Jones plans to attend Augusta State in the fall and major in sports medicine.

DeJesus has been a Lady Tiger softball player for two seasons. She is involved in school clubs, including BETA Club, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and student council. She is a Georgia Merit Scholar award winner and has been nominated for a scholarship to Mercer University. She plans to attend a four-year college for two years then transfer to Georgia Tech to major in pharmaceutical science or chemical engineering. While in college, DeJesus will play travel softball in hopes of eventually joining the Georgia Tech softball team.

Stacy started her softball journey at age 6 and plans to continue playing after high school. She won the coaches award in 2008-09. In 2009-10, she won the comeback player of the year award. Stacy plans to attend Valdosta State University to become a teacher and eventually coach softball.

Durham has played softball for the Lady Tigers for four consecutive years, and has played every position but third base. In 2008-09, Durham won the most improved player of the year award. She won the coaches award in 2009-10. The athlete is also a Lady Tiger soccer player. Durham is involved in school clubs, including the Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, student council and JROTC for three years. She is a Georgia Merit Scholar award winner. After graduating high school, she plans to attend the University of Louisville in Kentucky and major in chemistry. Durham intends to earn a master’s degree in pharmaceutical science.

Lady Tiger coach Sharyl Eastlake’s eyes filled with tears as she hugged each senior and wished them success in their college endeavors. She commended the girls for their spectacular season and reminded them the post season is still ahead.

After the ceremony, the seniors took the field again and swept the Atomsmashers 16-0 to end the regular season.

The Lady Tigers hve clinched third place in Region 3-AAAAA and will play at Tifton on Oct. 13-14 for the first round, according to

Eastlake also recognized Leah Hayes and Henry Blair, who sang the National Anthem for the squad’s pre-game ceremonies this season.

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