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JCMS softball knocks off Avery; Sullivan North

Tuesday, March 13
JCMS Softball opened its regular season at JCHS’ Bob Kirksey Field with a 12 -0 over non-conference foe Avery County Middle School on March 13.
1 2 3 4 R H E
ACMS 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
JCMS 5 2 5 0 12 12 1
Brianna Snyder was the winning pitcher. The lone hit she allowed came in the fourth inning.
Amanda Potter was 3 for 3; Tasha Walsh, Tiffany Price and Snyder each had three hits and Bailey Spencer, Jayme Jennings, and Kelsey Duperry each had one hit. Jayme Jennings, Tasha Walsh and Tiffany Price each had 3 runs batted in.
“We played much better defense today than we did at the Ridgeview Preseason Tournament, but that comes from getting on the field and developing some continuity. Jayme Jennings played great at shortstop for us, and Bailey Spencer did a great job behind the plate, especially calling pitches and managing the game,” said Coach Greg Reece.
“We caught Avery County down a little, they have only had one scrimmage, and several of their better players were running track today,” Reece continued. “I expect a much tougher time when we go there next Friday.”
The game was called after four innings, and the JCMS V squad played one inning in the field by agreement of the coaches.
Friday, March 16
JCMS defeated Sullivan North 17 -1 in Kingsport. Sullivan North HS is now housing the 7 & 8 grades from Ketron Intermediate School. The game was called after 4 innings on run rule.
1 2 3 4 R H E
JCMS 9 3 0 5 17 10 1
SNMS 0 0 1 0 1 1 3
Offensively Jayme Jennings inside the park homerun in the 4th inning sealed the game, Kelsey Duperry had a single, double and a triple, Tiffany Price, Brianna Snyder had 2 hits, other players with one hit: Michala Cretsinger, Courtney Wilson. Brianna Snyder faced 14 batters, allowing one hit, striking out 6 with no walks and one hit batter.
“We are glad we were able to schedule a game with North since they are in our high school’s district. North has some players, their SS really made some plays on us. They have some quick bats but Bri pitched well. Overall we played good defense and we hit the ball, but we have to keep improving,” said Coach Reece. “Today we had four varsity players out due to different circumstances, but we had some reserves step up and play well for us. Tasha Walsh moved from third to first and played well. Caitlin Leonard, Mattie South, Eden Fenner, Marly Eggers and Michala Cretsinger all contributed.”
Friday the varsity goes to Avery County with the game being played at the high school. Then a one-day middle school tournament at Cherokee High School in Rogersville.