JDA girls rout AJA in junior varsity softball

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Michael Young - Sports Editor

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders have been torching the competition lately in junior varsity softball play.
On Friday in Blackville, the Lady Raiders made it five wins in a row as they whopped conference rival Andrew Jackson Academy by a score of 19-1.
With the win, Jefferson Davis Academy improves to 9-5 in the standings.
JDA coach Bart Owens said the team is beginning to gel.
"I couldn't be more proud of a group of girls. We have really stepped up our play every phase of the game," Owens said.
"Today, we did a very good job of hitting and base running. Another great job of pitching by Kiresten Phillips and defensively, we didn't allow balls to get through the gap."
It didn't take long for the Lady Raiders' bats to explode on the Lady Confederates.
Fueled by RBI doubles from Anna Beth Morgan and Savannah Martin, the Lady Raiders plated six runs in their first at-bat.
Others who had a hit and scored a run included Morgan Owens, Kiersten Phillips, Shelia Miller and Kerri Atkins.
Ahead 6-1 in the third inning, the Lady Raiders put up a pair of runs for a 8-1 advantage.
For JDA, Martin and Phillips each reached on a single, then scored off a two-run RBI double by Atkins.
In the fourth inning, the Lady Raiders continued to smother the Lady Confederates with an avalanche of more runs.
This time, Megan Respass got the troops going. Respass, who had a RBI triple in the April 9 win over W.W. King Academy, ripped a RBI double to center field. scoring Haskins and Atkins for a 15-1 lead.
Also in the fourth inning, Morgan Owens, Ann Beth Morgan, Martin, Phillips and Miller all crossed home plate to make the final score 19-1.
For the game, Morgan Owens led the Lady Raiders with three hits and five stolen bases.
On the mound, Phillips silenced the Lady Confederates' hitters by tossing a two-hitter with five strikeouts.
In other action, the Lady Raiders made quick work of Wardlaw Academy 10-0 Thursday in Edgefield.
The victory was paved by the pitching of Phillips, who tossed a one-hitter and recorded a season high eight strikeouts.
The game was never in doubt. Sparked by Martin's two-run RBI single in the first inning, the Lady Raiders marched to a 3-0 lead and never looked back.
At the plate, Morgan Owens, Martin and Morgan led the bats with two hits each. Also contributing at the plate were Atkins and Phillips, Stokes.