Monday March 19 JCMS defeated Hampton 17-3 to move to 3-0 on the season. Brianna Snyder faced 16 batters allowing 2 hits, struck out 2 and allowed 1 earned run.
Jayme Jennings inside the park HR, was the offensive highlight. Amanda Potter was 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs, Bailey Spencer was 3 for 4 and Tiffany Price and Jennings each had 3 RBIs to pace the Lady Horns. We had a couple of errors early that put us in a 2 -0 hole, but the girls really responded, Coach Reece said of the game. We hit the ball really well today and that is encouraging. This is a great way to start off our conference schedule, but we havent really proven much yet. This Friday we will see an Avery County squad that will be back at full strength and Saturday will be very challenging with four games in one day. We have to continue improving, and be ready to play from the first pitch.
Hamptons JV squad, led by the pitching of Kourtney Tolley beat JCMS JVs 14-11.
Michala Cretsinger was 3 for 4, and Carlyn Eggers had 3 RBIs as the JVs rally fell short.
Caitlin Leonard allowed 8 hits, but 5 errors on defense were hard to overcome.
The JVs are really showing a lot of progress, said Coach Reece. They played one inning against Avery County and in the Ridgeview PreSeason Tournament they lost to Lamars varsity. As we start conference play they will start getting more games and more time on the field. There is nothing better than game experience.
Coach Reece also added a special thanks to Amy Potter for keeping stats for the team.
Friday, March 23 JCMS Varsity softball defeated Avery County before a big crowd at Avery County High School field. A rainstorm temporarily delayed things while an umpire crew could be found. The assigned crew left during the rain just as the JCMS team was nearing the field. The Avery County High School program provided umpires so that the scheduled game could be played.
We want to thank Avery County for their great hospitality and desire to work out a way to play today, said Coach Greg Reece. The Avery High has great facilities, and even greater people. I cant say enough about how much they improved over the last couple of weeks.
We did not play great today, but we found a way to get it done when the game was on the line. Brianna Snyder pitched great for us, and we got some big time hits from Courtney Wilson and Tasha Walsh to get the second and seventh inning rallies started.
Brianna Snyder (pitching): allowed three hits, and one earned run, walked one, struck out 7, Caitlin Leonard struck out one while allowing four runs.
Batting: Tasha Walsh, Courtney Wilson and Amanda Potter each had two hits in the game, Kelsie Terrill, Brianna Snyder and Tiffany Price each had one hit each. Caitlin Leonard had two RBIs.
Saturday March 24 JCMS finished fourth in the Cherokee High School Sponsored Middle School Tournament.
Stats for the game were not available at press time.
We saw some excellent pitching over the weekend and learned a lot about ourselves down in Rogersville, said Coach Reece. I expect that it will really benefit us as we resume conference play on Thursday at Unaka.