Guy Ellis

The Jay Lady Bulldogs varsity softball team defeated the Lady Pirates of Locust Grove by a score of 7-0 Friday evening at Jay.

The win moves the Jay troops to a record of 3-1 on the young season. The Lady Bulldogs opened their campaign with wins over Wyandotte and Kansas before dropping a close one to the Lady Wardogs at Miami.

Jay senior Sam Robertson collected the win Friday. Robertson pitched the six inning distance while relieving nine Locust Grove batters by strikeout. The Lady Bulldog hurler faced 20 batters and gave up two hits with no walks.

The Jay defense smothered the Lady Pirates from the start. Four of the six innings were three-and-out affairs for Locust Grove and they never sent more than four batters to the plate in any of their offensive sides.

The Lady Bulldog offense was slower to warm. Jay collected two hits in the bottom of the first from Robertson and teammate Leah Eike that led to a run after Lady Pirate starter Brittany Stone walked Jillian Graham with the bases loaded sending pinch-runner Laura Tanner across the plate.

It wasnít until the fifth inning that Jay put more runs on the board, despite collecting three hits in the interval. The Lady Bulldogs began their offensive side with a single from Alexis Blankenship. Lauren Wilson and Robertson filled the bases with consecutive walks.

Two Locust Grove errors, on one play, then opened the door for Jay to stretch their lead. Lady Pirate catcher Warren made an overthrow while trying to catch out Blankenship on third. As Blankenship crossed home an overthrow from left field allowed Wilson to score a run, setting the Lady Bulldogs up with a 3-0 lead.

Still in the fifth, Graham sent a shot through the infield that scored Robertson. Katie Wheeler produced a base hit that scored Eike to put Jay up 5-0 before the inning came to an end.

The sixth inning amounted to a statistical-padding exercise as the Lady Pirates relived Stone with underclassman McFarland. Blankenship introduced the Locust Grove youngster to varsity play with a double to open the final Jay side. Robertson received an intentional walk and was joined in the diamond by Eike who made it on a walk as well. With the bases now loaded Graham earned her second hit of the night and drove in Blankenship and Robertson to make the 7-0 final.

Fridayís contest began with a scary incident in the bottom of the first. A line drive shot from a Jay batter hit Locust Grove third baseman Johnson in the head. After some anxious moments the player left the field under her own power but did not return to the game.

Blankenship went 2 for 3 Friday with two runs and a double. Graham finished 2 for 3 with 3 RBIís. Wheeler went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Megan Edge went 2 for 3 on the night. Robertson went 1 for 1 while being walked three times. The pitcher scored two runs while Tanner scored one run as a pinch runner for the senior.

From here the Lady Bulldogs look to the end of this week when they host the Jay Festival. Junior high teams will play Wednesday and Thursday while the varsity squads will take to the field on Friday.