Girls win, boys lose to Holliday
GRAFORD – Because of rainy conditions during the week, both Jacksboro’s varsity baseball and softball teams moved their District 8-3A games with Holliday here Wednesday, the teams able to play on artificial turf fields.
Brief summaries of both games follow:
Jacksboro SB 7, Holliday 6
The Tigerettes closed the first round of loop play on a high note, using Alex Holman’s walk-off base hit to put their district record at 5-2 (13-8 overall).
Holman picked up the complete game win in the pitching circle, striking out eight. Holman also led the team with four hits and aided her cause with four RBIs.
The Lady Eagles (3-4 in district) got off to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second but Jacksboro scored a single second-inning run and added three in the third and one in the fourth to go up 5-2. Each team had a fifth-inning run before Holliday tied the game at six in the sixth with a three-run homer.
Jacksboro Coach John Bennett said his team keeping its focus after the visitors tied the game was crucial.
“The mindset never changed. Our girls were confident that we were going to win,” Bennett explained.
Holliday looked to take command in the seventh getting runners to second and third with no one out. Two key defensive plays kept the Lady Eagles from breaking the tie.
Trinity Tisdale caught a line drive from her centerfield position and rifled the ball in before the runner could advance. Holman then came through with a strikeout and freshman Hadlee Richardson caught another liner at shortstop to end the threat.
In the bottom of the inning, Leah Plaster, who had three hits in the contest, opened with a single. Destiny Thompson’s sacrifice moved her into scoring position before Holman ended the game with a double.
The Tigerettes have a huge game Friday in Paradise. With the Lady Panthers’ loss Tuesday evening, their first in 8-3A play, Paradise’s lead has been cut to a game.
First pitch is set for 11 a.m.
Holliday BB 5, Jacksboro 1
In a battle between the only two unbeatens in 8-3A, the Tigers had just five hits and could never seemingly get into the game.
Jacksboro is now 4-1 in district and 8-9-1 overall while Holliday goes to 5-0 and 10-6. Tiger Coach Blake Belcher said his squad needs to change their overall approach.
“We have too much ‘woe is me’ on this squad right now,” Belcher offered following the two-hour contest. “This might have been a good thing to happen for us, realizing we’re not as good as we think.”
Belcher said the squad hit the ball well but had 5-6 balls hit right at people hurt. The team had a number of two-out base hits but couldn’t expand on that.
Holliday strung together three hits in the second off Ty Kennedy to get on the board but the Tigers came right back in the bottom of the inning. Luke Dixon led off with a double and moved to third on Kennedy’s sac fly.
Caleb Nunley then walked and stole second to put a pair in scoring position with one out. A passed ball got Dixon home but the next two hitters were retired to end the inning.
Holliday added a single run in the third and three more in the fifth. Jacksboro had two-out base hits from Lathan Lowrance, Nunley, and Fernando Piedra in the late innings but couldn’t capitalize.
The squad heads to Paradise Friday for a 1:30 p.m. game.