Jackson County’s Peyton Sorrells delivers a pitch during the Lady Panthers’ win against Morgan County on Tuesday. See more scenes below.
BY CHARLES PHELPS
The Jackson County Lady Panthers’ softball team has maybe found its stride.
Even with several errors, their confidence was on full display against Region 8-AAA leader Morgan County on Tuesday night.
The Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Bulldogs 4-1 at Jackson County. The Lady Panthers (10-9, 6-3) are riding a three-game region-winning streak, and three-game winning streak overall.
“That was a very big win,” Jackson County head coach Chessie Laird. “Morgan (16-5, 7-1) is a great team. They have a lot of experience, a lot of potent hitters. Their defense works well. They are a good, solid team. They are sitting (in) first (place) right now, so for us to capitalize on a good win, it will be good for us. To know and have that in the back of our mind, it will be fresh when we start the region tournament.”
Jackson County senior Alyssa Dasher led the offense, racking up two hits and an RBI. Junior Shelton Kendrix added two hits and an RBI.
Senior Jessica Baker and junior Madi Pecht each had a hit and an RBI as well.
Senior pitcher Peyton Sorrells gave up one run on six hits, and recorded four strikeouts.
Baker got the Lady Panthers on the board first, knocking in Dasher on an RBI single in the bottom of the first to give them a 1-0 lead.
They added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth, behind five singles in six batters, Dasher drove in sophomore Jessica Burke. Then, Pecht sent Kelsie Gassner across home plate to extend the lead to 3-0.
And, Dasher scored on an error by the Lady Bulldogs’ defense before the inning ended.
The Lady Bulldogs managed to get on the board in the top of the fifth after two singles and an error was committed by the Lady Panthers’ defense, but Sorrells got them out of the inning, recording a strikeout to leave two Lady Bulldog runners on base.
“It was a whole team effort, from pitching with Jessica and Peyton was great,” Laird explained. “In the field, I think we made four or five errors, but we made them at times where they (Morgan County) weren’t able to capitalize on them.
“They (Jackson County) were a little frustrated that we did make those errors, but a lot of times we let them roll over and roll over and then they (the other team) scores runs, and even though we made a few, they weren’t repetitive. For us to be able to put four runs up and hold them to only one run and know in the back of our mind that we still made errors, that’s a good sign for us,” she continued.
She added her squad is peaking at the right time.
“Our region is not an inexperienced or a cupcake region, every game counts,” she said. “So, for us to come through right now, starting the second half of our region play, doing as well as we are, I think that’s important for us going into the region tournament.”
Jackson County plays Jones County and Lanier on Saturday; next region game is Sept. 23 at East Jackson.