Two at-bats enough for softball Lady Cougars

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— Brittany Jackson had two RBI’s and Kendra Nicholas also drove in two runs as Jefferson defeated St. Maria Goretti, 13-0, in a softball game abbreviated to just two and a half innings by the eight-run mercy rule.

After pitcher Shelby McTighe retired the Gaels in order in the first, Jefferson’s offense looked as angry as the storm clouds that were approaching silently from beyond the wall in centerfield.
The Lady Cougars sent 14 batters to the plate in their half of the first . . . and nine of them scored. Jefferson already had enough runs to satisfy the covenants of the eight-run, mercy rule.
Nicholas had two singles in the first. And Jackson had a two-run double to the wall in left.
Jefferson gorged itself with three walks and a hit batsman in the uprising.
After McTighe easily retired the Gaels again in the next inning, the Lady Cougars scored another four runs in the second. Three more walks fueled that rally and then a misplayed fly ball to center helped unclog the bases.
The sun was gone. The clouds were giving silent notice as to their intent. Would the necessary three innings be played?
When St. Maria Goretti gleaned a walk off McTighe and she lost her no-hitter to a single, that part of the game story was no more. Two strikeouts and an infield grounder quickly ended the game.
It didn’t rain until later. And the rain drops from the sky didn’t hit the Gaels until they were aboard their tiny white bus and on the way back to Hagerstown.
Jessica Hite and Kendra Nicholas each had two of Jefferson’s seven hits and Lauren Lewis had contributed a first-inning, RBI triple.
The Lady Cougars defeated Martinsburg, 8-0, on Friday
night behind the low-hit, shutout pitching of Alexandra Witt. That game was ended early by the eight-run softball mercy rule. Jefferson was already 3-0 after wins against Handley, Martinsburg, and the Gaels.


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