Hot hitting Jays run away from LHS

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Lebanon senior Kailyn Hazlewood delivers a pitch during the third inning of a high school softball game against the Jefferson City Jays on Tuesday at Yellowjacket Stadium. The ‘Jays won the contest, 10-5.


The Lebanon softball team didn’t go away easy on Tuesday at Yellowjacket Stadium, but the talent of the Jefferson City Jays were too much for the ‘Jackets.

The ‘Jays pounded out 11 hits on the day, including seven in the final three innings, and defeated Lebanon 10-5.

Jeff City (11-9) led 2-0 at the end of four innings, but after the ‘Jays hit a leadoff double, another double was hit and a passed ball allowed the runner to advance to third, JHS opened the floodgates. The ‘Jays scored four times in the fifth, added a two-run home run in the sixth and scored two more in the seventh.

Lebanon (9-14) struggled to string together hits in the first five innings, but in the sixth inning after senior Cally Blattel drew a one-out walk was drove in on an RBI single by Kaylee Keen the ‘Jackets were able to cut the deficit to 8-1.

LHS fought hard in the seventh inning, getting the first three runners on base to start the inning. With the bases loaded and just one out, Blattel roped a ball that scored two runners. Lebanon senior Kailyn Hazlewood drove two more runners in with an RBI triple that rolled all the way to the fence to cap the scoring at 10-5.

Lebanon head softball coach Stan Crum said he was proud of the way his girls battled on Tuesday even when falling behind early in the game.

“I thought our team did a good job of keeping their composure and maintaining a sense of calm throughout the game, even when we fell behind,” Crum said. “Jeff City is a very talented team and hit the ball really well and we played a solid game defensively.”

Lebanon catcher Amanda Varble has stepped up nicely this year for the ‘Jackets, including two hits in Tuesday’s contest.
“Amanda has done a tremendous job this season behind the plate,” Crum said. “She had big shoes to fill after we graduated Erika Blake, but for never having caught before Amanda has done well.

“She works very hard to improve each and every day and I was very happy to see her collect two big hits for us (on Tuesday).”

The ‘Jackets are slated to travel to Rolla today for an Ozark Conference matchup starting at 4:30 p.m. and will host Hillcrest on Monday for Senior Day at Yellowjacket Stadium starting at 4 p.m.

“The one thing I would like to see heading into our last two conference games and the district tournament is for our team is that I want to eliminate the free passes to our opponents to get on base,” Crum said. “If we can cut down on the number of girls we allow to reach base without hitting the ball, we can reduce the pressure on our defense.

“I think our girls are playing their best softball of the season right now and it couldn't happen at a better time with postseason coming up.”


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