Jacksonville Fightin' Maiden softball and the word “playoffs” are not often used in the same sentence.
That could be on the verge of changing because the Jacksonville girls moved into fourth place Tuesday night at Fightin' Maiden Field after taking John Tyler to the woodshed.
The Maidens' lopsided, 10-0 (5 innings), victory moved Jacksonville (13-8, 2-2 16-4A) into fourth place in District 16-4A, with the first round of games scheduled to end Friday, when the Maidens are slated to visit Lindale.
“Making the playoffs this season has been something that this team has been working on since long before the season started,” Jacksonville head softball coach Amber Danner-Kirk said. “I think the big difference in this team is its willingness to play as a team and to play unselfish softball.”
The Maidens sent four runners home in the second inning and then nailed down the win by plating six runs in the fifth.
Damonica Franklin led the fourth off with a double into the left field corner.
She came in to score on a wild pitch to account for the Maidens' first run.
Abby Hicks, who went 3 for 3 in the game, laced a one-out triple over the Lady Lion right fielder's head. Hicks' hit brought Taylor Whitaker in to score from third and Logan Freeman around from second.
Whitaker got aboard after being hit by a pitch and Freeman reached on an infield error.
Hicks was brought home when Hannah Holcomb blasted a ball off the base of the fence in deep left field. Holcomb ended up with a double when the smoke had settled.
Jacksonville's big blast of the night came in the fifth inning when Whitaker launched a ball over the center field fence for a three-run homer.
Other offensive leaders for the Maidens included TaSheena Canady (2 for 3) Franklin (a double and two runs scored) and Nicole Robinson and Freeman who singled in the game.