JDA rolls over PHA in softball

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Michael Young - Sports Editor

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity softball team as hitting on all cylinders in its region class with Patrick Henry Academy March 19 in Blackville.
Behind solid pitching and timely hitting, the Lady Raiders pounded the Lady Patriots by a score of 16-6 in four innings.
With the win, Jefferson Davis Academy move to 2-0 in the standings.
JDA coach Greg Williams said the team set the tempo early with their bats.
"We did a very good job of putting the ball in play early," Williams said. "We were able to generate some runs at the start and from their our momentum got stronger as the game went on."
On the mound, Skyler Williams and Ashleigh Still were exceptional. The Lady Raider' duo disarmed the Lady Patriots' bats, allowing just five hits and two walks.
Williams started the game and went two innings with two hits allowed and three strikeouts. Still the closed out the game, going two innings with three hits allowed and three strikeouts.
On the flip side, the Lady Raiders' offense was spectacular as the team registered 14 hits in the contest.
For the Lady Raiders, the hitting started in their first at-bat as the team plated seven runs off five hits. Anna Griffin highlighted the scoring run with a two-run RBI double.
Also scoring in the inning were Caitlin Still, Liz Ann Bonnette, Cassie Garvin, Abbey Baltzegar and Jessica Owens.
In the second inning, the Lady Raiders increased their advantage to 11-1. Bonnette's two-run RBI double to center field drove in Caitlin Still and Cassie Garvin. Anna Griffin scored off a hit by Skyler Williams and Bonnette reached home on an error.
Trailing 11-2, the Lady Patriots scored four runs in the third inning to make the score 11-6.
The Lady Raiders, however, responded with four runs in the fourth inning to seal the victory on a 10-run rule.
For the Lady Raiders, Karoline Sandifer, Caroline Polston, Ashleigh Still and Blakeley Johnson scored in the inning.
The top hitters for the Lady Raiders were Griffin, Garvin and Bonnette with two hits each.