Jamestown high school’s softball squad will head into next week’s spring break on a positive note after defeating cross-town rival Bruton 6-1 on the road Thursday afternoon.
It was an auspicious beginning for the Eagles (4-2) as they had issues with the bus that was to take them to the game. The team did not arrive until minutes before the scheduled first pitch and the game began about 20 minutes late.
Jamestown shrugged off the shortened warm-up time and struck for a run in the first. With two outs, Jessica Stone walked and advanced to second on Courtney Smith’s infield single. Tara Heatwole walked, loading the bases, and Stone came in to score on a wild pitch.
The Panthers (3-5 overall, 2-4 BRD) wasted no time in knotting the score in the bottom of the first. Ashley Cicero reached when she was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch and reached third on an infield ground out. She scored on Haley Gardner’s single to right field.
The Eagles took the lead for good with two runs in the second. Brooke Smith led the inning off with a single up the middle and reached second on a wild pitch. Aine Cannon laid down a perfect bunt and reached on an infield single, advancing Smith to third. Bruton’s Erika Sluss fielded the bunt cleanly but her throw went wide, allowing Smith to come around to score and Cannon went to second. She went to third on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Alexis Smith walked, putting runners on the corners. Smith attempted to steal second but intentionally got herself in a run down, allowing Cannon to score easily.
Jamestown plated two more runs in the fifth and one more in the seventh. In the fifth, Stone singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She came around to score on Courtney Smith’s single to right. Smith went to second on the throw home. A wild pitched allowed Smith to reach third and she scored on an error.
In the seventh, Courtney Smith singled with one out, reached second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Heatwole’s single to left. Smith scored on a well executed safety squeeze by Kaitlyn Dorst.
Heatwole (4-2) settled in after a rocky first. She would only allow one other runner to reach third, and that came with two outs in the seventh. She allowed one run on six hits, walked three and struck out eight.
Sluss (2-4) allowed six runs, five earned, on eight hits, walked four and struck out three.
Sluss finished 2-for-4 with two singles and McDonnell and Gardner were 1-for-4.
The Eagles were led by Courtney Smith who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Stone went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Heatwole, Brooke Smithh and Cannon each had one hit in the win.
“We haven’t hit the ball well since the Warhill game,” Panthers Head Coach Dave Falin said. “The top of the order is doing well, we just haven’t gotten much production out of the bottom of the order lately. We’ve got a great group of girls and hopefully after a few days off we can turn it around.”
“Our middle of the lineup came through for us today,” Jamestown Head Coach Jerry Varacallo said. “Tara did a great job in the circle after she settled in. She wasn’t completely warmed up when we began, but she found it. She let her defense do the work for her and pitched within herself.”
The Panthers return to action April 10 when they travel to York. Jamestown returns to the diamond April 10 when they host Lafayette at 6:30 in the first evening game under the newly constructed lights.
Jamestown 6 Bruton 1
Jamestown 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 – 6 8 1
Bruton 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1 6 2
WP: Heatwole (4-2) 7IP, 6H, 1 ER, 8SO, 3BB
LP: Sluss (2-4) 7IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 3SO, 4BB