As Region 4-5A is concerned, the Last Tigers remain unbeaten.
Behind Amya Stevens’ 6.2 innings, nine strikeout performance and a six-run bottom third Northeast Jones softball took down West Lauderdale 8-3 Thursday night in The Jungle.
“Amya pitched a great game,” said Northeast Jones head coach Melanie Cavenaugh. “She pitched lights out. She pitched lights out Tuesday night as well.
“She started to get a little tired at the end, but Jasmine Pitts came in behind her and got the job done.”
Pitts faced the games’ final three West Lauderdale batters to get the final out in the top of the seventh. Stevens, who started the game and lasted well into the seventh, pitched six shutout innings and struck out nine. The junior right-hander allowed one run on seven hits. Stevens improves to 5-1 on the rubber this season.
“Amya is tough,” Cavenaugh added. “She is our work horse. We ride her as much as we can. We could ask for anything better from her.”
A two-run bottom of the first provided the jump start that led to the six-run third inning. Stevens scored the first NEJ run on a no-out single in the first and was followed by an RBI groundout by Jaylen Padgett two batters later.
In the third inning, the Lady Tigers used three hits, three walks, a hit-batter and a West Lauderdale error to jump ahead 8-0. Senior Sarah Sumrall highlighted the six-run inning with a bases-clearing double. Sumrall’s three RBI hit provided the last NEJ runs in the contest.
“We started off great as far as our bats go, but after that third inning we got flat,” said Cavenaugh. “But as a whole, our pitching and defense looked good and our bats looked good. I’m both satisfied and proud.
“I told our girls before the game that we needed to score early and often. We scored early, but just not as often as we would have liked.”
West Lauderdale attempted a rally in the top of the seventh and successfully cut into Northeast Jones’ lead with three runs, but the rally was cut short when Pitts forced a fly out to left field that ended the threat of a comeback.
Stevens and Delanie McMillan led the Lady Tigers at the plate with two hits apiece.
Northeast Jones softball improves to 9-3 overall and will face FCAHS tomorrow in the South Jones Softball Tournament.