David Reeder

Special to the Grove Sun

JAY- After playing to a split on Wednesday, Jay hosted the Miami Lady War Dogs Thursday afternoon in the rubber match of the District Playoffs at Lady Bulldog Field. And for several innings the home town ladies stayed within reach of their guests only to get outdistanced down the stretch.

Miami struck early in the contest, when Kylie Carterís single was sandwiched by a pair of walks, loading the bases with no one out. And with one out in the top of the first, Kayla Chambers slapped an RBI single that gave the War Dogs a 2-0 edge.

In the home half of the frame, Jay senior Lauren Wilson cracked a two-out double off of Miami starting pitcher Haley Hudson. Bulldog cleanup hitter Lindsey Brock traded places with Wilson when she slapped the ball to exactly the same spot. The subsequent batter popped up to the catcher to bring the inning to a conclusion with the score 2-1.

†Miamiís Tory Roland led off the second with a single that was followed by a walk and another Chambers single to load the bases again. An RBI single by Carter scored Roland, where a subsequent sacrifice and error accounted for three more runs and a 5-1 Miami lead.

After holding the visitors scoreless in the third and fourth, the Lady Bulldogs mounted their best rally of the day. Lora Whitely and Brock opened the frame with back-to-back singles. A subsequent error loaded the bases, where Meagan Edge yanked a double that scored two. But Hudson was able to get the next pair of Bulldogs out, limiting the damage to two. That was as close as Jay would ever get.

Using three hits and a pair of Bulldog errors, Miami put three more on the board. Meagan Barnes got the inningís big hit with her bases-loaded single that plated two in the fifth..

Both teams picked up solo tallies in the sixth. Jayís run came as the result of a Mariah Valesquez home run that was slapped over the left field wall.

But the Lady War Dogs put things away in the top of the seventh , when they sent 12 batters to the plate, combining† four hits and two more Jay errors to hang another half dozen on the scoreboard. It is noteworthy, however; that in her final at-bat for the Lady Bulldogs fast pitch team, Lauren Wilson jacked a long homerun over the left-centerfield fence, giving her three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored on the day.