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Lady Trojans produce double figures again

POTOSI – The mistakes of a young softball team were certainly noticeable for Potosi on Wednesday, especially in the base-running and defensive aspects of the game.

But a thriving offense through two contests has provided some optimism. The Lady Trojans displayed their confidence by posting a double-digit run total for the second straight day.

Hannah Jarvis – one of four freshmen in the Potosi lineup – drew a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning to cap an eventful 13-12 victory over Jefferson.

Jaci Short reached base five consecutive times in a 2-for-2 performance, and leadoff batter Kennedy Coleman supplied two singles and two walks to lead the Lady Trojans (2-0).

Jefferson (1-4) rallied from six runs down and extended the game by scoring twice with two outs in the top of the seventh. But 14 walks from two pitchers were ultimately too many to overcome.

Potosi stranded 10 runners and lost four others along the base paths. A chance to increase a 12-10 lead was squandered after Coleman and Jordayn Mercer opened the home half of the sixth with singles.

Blue Jays reliever Sydney Stewart escaped that threat by striking out Sydney Litton on the 10th pitch of a competitive at-bat after Mercer was caught stealing.

Emma Eaton recorded eight strikeouts and worked a complete game for the win. She induced a pop fly to leave the bases loaded after the visitors had pulled even.

Josey Pair doubled with two outs as pinch-hitter Rachel Westhoff advanced to third. Eaton allowed an RBI single to Jill Akins before an inside delivery hit Catryn Cattoor to force in the tying run.

Short greeted Stewart with a single on the first pitch in the Potosi seventh, and the decisive threat was enhanced when a sacrifice bunt by Kiley Price was thrown wildly past first base.

The Lady Trojans committed three errors on throws along the infield in the first inning alone, resulting in two unearned runs.

Potosi benefited from five walks during the bottom of the frame to lead 3-2, then mixed in some timely hitting to tally six runs in the second.

Litton, who homered in her varsity debut against Fredericktown, lined a two-run double to right-center field. Price added a two-run single three batters later to help build a 9-4 advantage.

Short tacked on an RBI double in the third, but Jefferson gradually battled back after Eaton retired seven of eight batters during a stretch.

Singles by Abi Chipps and Akins preceded a dropped fly ball during a three-run fifth inning, and the Blue Jays duplicated that output in the sixth after Potosi had briefly restored a 12-7 margin.

Akins notched three hits, and Chipps was 2-for-3 with four runs scored to pace the Blue Jays. Starting pitcher Danielle Young was pulled in the second inning, but picked up two RBI at the plate.

Senior center fielder Paige Battreal scored four times for the Lady Trojans. Her strong throw on a Parr single helped to cut down a Jefferson runner at home in the second.

Potosi catcher Jordayn Mercer receives a cut-off throw in time to tag out Jefferson runner Maggie Brunke (right) during the second inning on Wednesday.

Potosi catcher Jordayn Mercer receives a cut-off throw in time to tag out Jefferson runner Maggie Brunke (right) during the second inning on Wednesday.

Potosi freshman Sydney Litton connects for a two-run double during a big second inning against Jefferson on Wednesday. The Lady Trojans won the game 13-12.

Potosi freshman Sydney Litton connects for a two-run double during a big second inning against Jefferson on Wednesday. The Lady Trojans won the game 13-12.

Potosi senior Paige Battreal catches a fly ball in center field during third inning action on Wednesday against Jefferson.

Potosi senior Paige Battreal catches a fly ball in center field during third inning action on Wednesday against Jefferson.

Matt King is the sports editor for the Daily Journal. Contact him at mking@dailyjournalonine.com

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