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It wasn't a bad way to get ramped up.
Jefferson Forest took on Amherst in a multi-sport set last Friday. Against a school which seems to be improving in all of its sports, Jefferson Forest prevailed, for the most part.
The soccer lads gave folks their money's worth, in terms of game duration. If fans were paying on a per-goal basis, however, they'd have been sorely disappointed.
The Lancers and Cavs remained scoreless throughout regulation and the first overtime period.
With another tie looming (the Cavs had tied Brookville last week), the JF faced opening up its Seminole skein with an 0-0-2 mark, which would be very un-Cav-like.
Instead, Matthew Crider turned the lance on the Amherstians. The bruising defender scored the match's only goal with two minutes remaining in the second overtime to nab the win.
The goal help right the JF ship, an appropriate analogy since Crider will be suiting up for the U.S. Naval Academy next season.
While he's still got a long path ahead of him to becoming Captain Crider, USN, he's certainly a key shipmate aboard the SS Jefferson Forest.
Lady booters kicking it
Meanwhile the Lady Cavs were cranking out the wins, upping their record to 4-0 (2-0 in the Seminole District).
While it was widely expected that Cassidy Ratliff and Katie Cousins would be the ones cranking out the goals all season, it would appear that there are several Lady Cavs eager to get to the scoring buffet.
Jefferson Forest picked up two key wins this past week. Both victories have longer-range implications than a run at a district crown. Both wins came in the form of 3-0 scores.
First, the Lady Cavs headed to the Pro Turf at Amherst, where they dominated the host Lancerettes.
Cousins and Ratliff each scored a goal in that one. No surprise there.
But freshman Bailey Yeager got into the scoring act, as well.
A standout on the JV last year, Yeager is showing little difficulty acclimating to life with the big kids.
That became obvious in the win over Franklin County when she knocked home an insurance tally. That goal iced the cake that was made up of a pair of goals by Cousins.
The wins are important because Amherst is a) a Seminole foe that has been on the rise over the past couple of years and b) a member of the 4A-North region. True, the Lancers are in Conference 23, while JF (along with E.C. Glass) is in Conference 24. But, they are in the same regional mix.
The win over Franklin county was big because the Eagles are a level 6A school, which could become a major factor when it comes time for post-season seedings.
Softball played hard
The JF diamondwomen continue the impressive start to their spring.
Casey Roginski led the team to a sweet win over Amherst. Roginski showed that she's a team captain with very good reason. A premier centerfielder, Roginski has become an option in the pitching circle since Janelle Zellars aggravated her leg.
Against a solid Amherst team, Roginski was magnificent. She went the full seven innings, allowing but three Lancer hits in posting the goose egg.
Roginski also helped her own cause, mashing two of the hits Jefferson Forest was able to manage against Amherst ace Kyleigh Middleton.
Third baseman Madison McGrath belted the other two hits for Jefferson Forest.
Three nights later, that dearth of hitting was rectified as the Lady Cav bats roared to life. In a 20-8, mercy-rule-shortened affair, the Lady Cavs mauled 23 hits. That's more hits than Mariah Carey has had in her entire career!
Anna Pfister led the parade, driving home six runs.
The Jefferson Forest diamondmen faced the cream of the Seminole District that same Friday.
Amherst's Nathan Trevillian limited the Cavs to a single hit, a double by Keyton Elliott.
The Lancers, who owned the Seminole District last year, seem to be the guys you have to beat this year if you want to claim the prize.
Of equal concern to the Cavs is the fact that the Lancers are in their same region (4A-North). So, the Cavs will have to figure out the Lancers should they wish to make hay in late May.
One guy who seems to have them figured out is Tyler Lucy. The baseball standout shows that he's as deadly on the mound as he is from the three-point arc. The senior yielded a mere five hits to an Amherst lineup which is solid throughout.
Three nights later, the Cavs had their wounds salved when they topped fellow Conference 24 contender Bassett, 7-3.
Starting pitcher Indiana Hall picked up the win as he got plenty of support.
Catcher Zach Duff and outfielders Camdyn Smith and Sean Burch each smacked a pair of hits. The trio combined for five RBIs as JF scored six of its runs in the first three innings to improve its overall mark to 2-3 (0-2 in district).