For the first time in two years, the Lady Tiger softball team beat Jenkins, 4-1, on Thursday afternoon at Bradwell Institute.
That gives the Lady Tigers a 2-1 overall and Region 3B-AAAAA record.
Lady Tiger MacKenzie Stewart pitched five innings, giving up one unearned run. Stewart managed five strikeouts in the contest. Senior Kasey Smith came in for the save in the sixth inning, tossing three strikeouts.
Leading the Lady Tigers at bat was senior Chelsi Shutts. She nailed a triple, two RBIs and had a single in the game. Freshman Tamia Johnson had a good at bat with a single. Senior Jessica Puckett scored the Lady Tigers’ fourth run off a sacrifice fly.
“Our younger girls are really starting to come along, and we are proud of them coming in and stepping up in play,” assistant coach Jeff Eastlake said.
“Our senior leadership is strong and is doing well in molding these young girls and showing them what to do,” coach Sharyl Eastlake added.
On Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the Lady Tigers were in Statesboro for the Battle of the ’Boro Softball Tournament.
The BI coaching staff said they drew some tough completion the first day of play. The Lady Tigers faced the Wayne County Yellow Jackets in game one and lost 13-0. The Yellow Jackets were last year’s state runners-up for Region 3-AAAA. The Wayne County girls already are off to a 9-0 start for this season.
In game two, the Lady Tigers faced Savannah Christian and lost, 15-2. The Lady Raiders also made state last year after posting a 10-0 Region 3A-A mark and an overall record of 27-7-1.
The Liberty County High School Lady Panthers also were scheduled to play in the Battle of the ’Boro this weekend.
According to maxpreps.com, the Lady Panthers are 0-2 after falling to Long County, 9-4, on Aug. 12 and losing 5-0 to Tattnall County in the one game they fit in before last week’s rain forced them to cancel the Warriors’ Blast.