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Enterprise girls crush Seminary — Lady Jackets wear out home plate in high-scoring game that ended 15-1

Playing game one in the South Jones Softball Tournament, the Lady Yellow Jackets of Enterprise pulled out the big bats to bludgeon Seminary 15-1.

Five innings is all the Enterprise girls needed to put away the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Yellow Jackets struck first and took over the game in the third inning, scoring seven runs. The Enterprise girls scored a combined five extra runs in the fourth and fifth innings, preventing the Lady Bulldogs from having any chance of attempting a comeback.

“We did really well hitting the ball,” said Lady Yellow Jackets senior Jana Nations. “We were able to adjust to the slow pitching and sit back and wait on it.”

Lady Yellow Jackets senior Carly Polk got things started with a single. Senior Carlee Nations did her job, moving Polk over to second base on a sacrifice bunt. Eighth-grader Abby Richardson scored the first run of the inning, bringing Polk home on an RBI single.

Jana Nations brought in the second run off an RBI single. Freshman Lauren Gartman followed with a double. Sophomore Kalie Burges finished the scoring off with an RBI sacrifice before Seminary could record the final out.

The Lady Bulldogs scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the first off an RBI sacrifice by Senior Vivica Gibbs.

The score remained 3-1 heading into the top half of the third inning. Batting in their half of the third, the Enterprise girls brought seven runs across home plate. Gartman started the scoring, connecting with an RBI double.

Burgess connected with an RBI single. Sophomore Belle Porter added to the scoring drive with an RBI single. With two outs and the bases loaded, Richardson found a gap in the Lady Bulldogs’ defense for a bases-clearing double before Seminary was able to record the final out.

Pitching in relief for the Lady Yellow Jackets, eighth-grader Natalie Harris kept the Seminary girls off balanced throughout the rest of the game, allowing only two batters to reach base.

With two on in the top of the fourth, seventh-grader Mallory Honea increased the Lady Yellow Jackets’ lead with an RBI sacrifice. Seventh-grader Hanna Jergins also had an RBI sacrifice.

In the top of the fifth, the Enterprise girls loaded the bases with no outs. Burgess brought in a run on an RBI single. With two outs and the bases still loaded, Harris hit a single to bring in a run. Polk finished the scoring for the Lady Yellow Jackets with an RBI single. Enterprise won the game by a final score of 15-1.

“I’m really proud of Harris, she did really well and pitched a great game,” said Lady Yellow Jackets coach Tyler King. “We hit the ball very well and believe in each other. That’s one thing as a team, we have the confidence in one another and we’re just clicking right now, and we want this to keep going as we progress through the season.”

Carlee Nations started on the mound for Enterprise. Eighth-grader Natalie Harris pitched in relief.

“I felt like I did good pitching and was able to hit my spots.” Harris said.

Polk had three singles, a double and an RBI for the Lady Yellow Jackets. Richardson hit two singles, a double and three RBIs. Jana Nations had a single and an RBI. Gartman had a single, two doubles and an RBI. Burgess hit three singles and three RBIs. Porter had a single and an RBI. Harris had three singles and an RBI. Honea and Jergins finished the game with an RBI each.

The Enterprise Lady Yellow Jackets, 7-3 overall and 2-0 in region 7-2A, will travel to Bogue Chitto Thursday for a region matchup.

Story by Dave Linton