Canady would eventually score on another passed ball to complete the run production for the Maidens in the second.
“We talked as a team on the bus on the way to the game and we said that we were the visitors and that we had to come out and put some runs on the board early,” Danner-Kirk said. “So much of softball is mental and the early lead gave our kids a lot of confidence.”
Jacksonville also played well defensively, with right fielder Logan Freeman making a shoe-string catch after a long run that came with the Lady Dragons having runners on second and third in the third segment.
The Maidens also turned a 6-3-5 double play with one out in the fifth, with Robinson, Taylor Whitaker and Canady combining efforts on the twin killing.
Mallard, the Maiden catcher, and shortstop Robinson also teamed up to get a Lady Dragon out who was attempting to steal second base late in the game.
“We have spent a lot of time working one on one with the girls this year in order to improve our defense and it was good to see that work pay off in a game,” Danner-Kirk said. “We put an extra big focus on defense in this game because we knew Nacogdoches would be putting the ball in play,” Danner-Kirk said.
Other players of impact on the offensive side for Jacksonville included Whitaker (1 for 2, with a double, an RBI and a run scored) and Dashia Canady (1 for 2, 2 RBI and a stolen base).
Caitlyn Matejka and Erin McGarity had base hits in the game for the Maidens.
Matejka also stole a base and scored one run.
Holcomb netted a complete game win in the circle for the Maidens. She gave up two runs on 10 hits and struck out one and walked one.
Jacksonville is at home Friday when Whitehouse visits Fightin' Maiden Field for a 6 p.m. affair.