The Jay Lady Bulldogs young softball team played their last home game on September 26 against the Grove Ridgerunners.
Unfortunately, the Ridgerunners were a very tough team to play for the last home game, as they arrived with an 11-5 overall record, with most of those games ending as shut-outs of their opposing teams.
Jay’s home game was no exception with the final score Jay 0, Grove 6.
However, Grove has beaten many of their opponents by many more runs, so Jay played well in holding the Ridgerunner’s score lower.
Grove 6, Jay 0
Grove took the bats first, as guests, and put three runs on the board.
Grove pitcher delivered her pitches with a lot of heat, resulting in a lot strike outs, still, many of Jay hitters were thrown out at first.
In inning three, Lady Bulldog Kaylea Taylor, executed a beautiful bunt that got her to first base, but the following two batters were struck out, leaving her on first.
In the second inning, Kaytlynn King was walked by getting hit with the ball, she was able to steal second base, but was stranded there.
After the first inning, the Lady Bulldogs were able to hold Grove to one run in each of the second, third, fifth and sixth innings with good defensive play in the infield and outfield.
In the fourth inning Araya Dry took over pitching duties from starting pitcher Marsis Foreman.
Foreman moved to shortstop and was able to snag a line drive and tag the Grove runner who led off, getting a double play.
They closed the top of the fourth with third basemen, Shanae Lawrence #10 throwing a rocket to first base to get the runner out.
Jay held Grove to no runs in the fourth and seventh innings.
At the top of the seventh, Grove's Anastasia Pace tried to steal third, after she stole second, but got tagged at third by Lady Bulldog Lawrence, ending the Ridgerunners’ at bat.
Jay wasn’t able to score in the bottom of the seventh, which resulted in no runs on the scoreboard.
With the Lady Bulldogs losing only 2 seniors, next year looks to be a stronger season as the young players have learned and matured into better ball players this season.