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Southwest Lady Bears shock Jones County

SUMMIT – The Southwest Lady Bears scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and made it stick as they shocked the top-ranked and previously undefeated Jones County Lady Bobcats 2-1 to achieve a split in their MACJC South Division doubleheader Tuesday in Summit. Jones County won the opener 11-3.

The Lady Bears (13-13, 3-9) got on the board when Shaden Miller reached base on a one-out error and Jessie Penton was hit by a pitch. Both moved up a base on Jessica Pipkins’ sacrifice bunt and scored when Sarah Roberts lined a base hit to left field.

Jones County (23-1, 13-1) picked up their only run with two hits and a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth inning. The Lady Bobcats put the tying run on base with two outs in the seventh inning, but Macy Fulton struck out the final batter to preserve the upset win.

“It was a huge win for this team and this program,” said Southwest head coach Patsy Sandifer. “The girls battled and battled and didn’t give up. Macy shut down the best team in the country.”

The Lady Bears picked up the win despite recording only four hits in the game. Roberts and Austin Pruitt both had two singles.

Fulton went the distance in the circle to pick up the win. She allowed six hits and an unearned run while walking a batter. She struck out three in the game, all in the seventh inning.

Three errors, a walk and two hits-including a home run-helped Jones County take a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning of game one. But, the Lady Bears struck back in the bottom of the frame to make it 4-3. Austin Pruitt singled to start the inning, moved to second on Miller’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Penton’s base hit. Penton then scored when Roberts smashed her seventh homer of the season over the fence in left.

A walk and two homers gave the Lady Bobcats a 7-3 lead in the top of the fifth. They then added a run in the 6th and three more in the 7th to pick up the win.

Maddy Teague took the loss in the circle, giving up seven runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks in four innings. Pruitt and Roberts both had two hits in the game while Pipkins also hit safely.

The Lady Bears return to the diamond today at 3:00 when they host Meridian.