Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 28, 2013

16-4A Softball: Fight’n Maidens dump John Tyler, 14-5

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

TYLER — Aggressiveness is usually not a good thing when it comes to driving an automobile.

But combativeness on a softball diamond can often lead to good things.

The Jacksonville Fight'n Maidens held their foot on the gas from the first pitch and coasted to a 15-4 District 16-4A triumph over John Tyler's Lady Lions Tuesday night at Tyler’s Faulkner Park.

The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

"Our goal was to come out and be aggressive at the plate and on the bases from the start," Jacksonville head coach Amber Danner-Kirk said. "I think we came into the game mentally ready after working hard in practice to prepare for this game."

The Maidens (9-11, 1-3 16-4A) erupted for seven runs in the first inning to quickly put the Lady Lions (0-4 16-4A) on the ropes in a major way.

Aisha Griffin and Caitlyn Matejka led off with walks to get things started in the top of the first for the Maidens.

Mackenzie Crow then stepped into the box and blasted a double into the gap in left center that brought Griffin in to score from second while advancing Matejka a base.

Jordane Mallard then reached on an error by the John Tyler third baseman, which was the first of 11 gaffes the Lady Lions committed in the game.

Matejka came in to score on the play, with Mallard stopping at second.

A Sheena Canady single to left plated Crow from third to put Jacksonville up 3-0.

Mallard went to third on the play and was brought in via a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Tiffanie Whiteley.

After advancing to second on catcher's indifference, Canady went over to third on Whiteley's bunt and then came in to score on a Nicole Robinson double to center field.

Robinson went 2-for-3 on the night, with both of her hits being of the two-base variety.

Robinson drove in three runs and stole a base.

Robinson scored the Maidens' last run of the frame when she came in to scorer on an infield error.

Jacksonville sent 11 batters to the plate in the first frame.

Canady went 3-for-4, drove in one and scored three times for the winners.

Collecting base hits for the Maidens were, Whiteley, Dashia Canady, Demonica Franklin, and Victoria Gomez.

Crow started in the circle for the Maidens and worked two innings and gave up one run on a lone Lady Lion hit and struck out five while not walking a batter.

Robinson pitched the final three frames for Jacksonville.

Jacksonville out hit John Tyler 10-5 in the game.

The Maidens will return to Fight'n Maiden Field to play Lindale at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Jacksonville 15, John Tyler 4 (5 innings)

JHS   7 2 2 3 1   -15-10-3

JTHS 1 0 3 0 0   - 4-5-11

Jacksonville Highlights: WP- Mackenzie Crow (5 Strike Outs, 0 Walks); 2B- Nicole Robinson (2), Crow. Sheena Canady (3-for-4, 3 runs scored 1 RBI), Robinson (2-for-3, 3 RBI 3 runs scored) Stolen Bases- Robinson (2), Aisha Griffin, Tiffanie Whiteley, Demonica Franklin.

Records: Jacksonville (9-11, 1-3); John Tyler (0-4).

Next Game: Lindale at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. tonight