Lady Cavs show now mercy on diamond

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Beat Hilltoppers in six

By Mike Forster

  Turn down any invitations to tea.  Spurn their offers of a dinner party.  You won’t feel welcome.

The Jefferson Forest softball ladies played the roles of rude hosts Friday night, beating up on visiting E.C. Glass, 10-0.

Oh, don’t get us wrong.  The Lady Cavs were well-behaved and polite to a fault.  It was on the scoreboard where they treated their guests poorly.

In fact, the Hilltoppers had to leave the party ahead of schedule, as the umps called this one in the bottom of the sixth, after JF rang up six runs.

Nary an out was notched while JF was plating that quintet of runs.  Once the score hit 10-0, the umps called the game on a mercy rule.

The Lady Cavs showed that they can be an explosive bunch.  Those six runs were put up in under 12 minutes.  We timed it.

The sextet got boosts from all corners.  Hits came in a flurry from the likes of Callie O’Brien, Taylor Tibbs, Nina Grennon, Chelsea Hudson and Skylar Morris.

Regan Morris, who started the inning with a double, had a shot to short  that was too hot to handle, and the game was over.

In truth, all JF needed was one run, the way that Alexis Brown was pitching.  She struck out eight of the 16 batters she faced, giving up but a single hit.

“She’s efficient and is hitting her spots,” said JF Head Coach Joanna Hardin, who picked up her first win at the helm of JF softball.

The Lady Cavs were also paced by Haley “The Commander” Pinchbeck, who mauled a solo home run to deep left field.

The win makes JF 1-0 in Seminole play, while Glass is 0-1.  The Lady Cavs are a young bunch (one senior, four juniors), so this win was a nice first step.  “This is a long process,” said Hardin.  “We’re getting better every day.”