Softball: Lady Jags fall to Central 15-0

On August 8, the Lady Jags (1-2) lost to their cross town rival Clarke Central Lady Glads (2-1) 15-0 in a mercy rule situation. Regardless of this loss, they kept their heads high and a positive attitude. 

“Our girls have got a lot of potential as we have a younger group, but we came out here and gave 110-percent,” said sophomore Lakayla Massey. 

Though Central put up 12 runs in the first inning, the Jags held them to three runs in the second, and both teams went scoreless in the third and final inning. 

“It’s the little things. We don’t know where to go or where we’re supposed to go,” said Lady Jags Head Coach Brittany Ritter. “The potential is enormous for us to make some appearances in some tournaments in the future.”

Central pitcher sophomore Gretchen Hinger and the Gladiator defense carried the team, holding the Lady Jags to a shutout and giving up only one walk.

Clarke Central scored 12 runs in the first inning alone off Jaguar pitcher Rhian Robinson, freshman, on a combination of eight walks, 16 passed balls, and 2 errors.

“You always want to jump out and have a good start, which we did,” said Gladiator Head Coach Alex Holmes. 

Both teams played games over three straight days this week, coming into the matchup 1-1.

In their first game, Cedar lost to Cherokee Bluff High School 17-0 and beat Central Gwinnett 20-3 in their second.

“We’re still trying to figure out positions because a lot of our girls are new so everyone is getting used to playing actual games,” said right fielder Brooke Fraysher, senior. 

Central beat West Hall in their first game 21-0 and lost 6-5 to Oglethorpe County in their second game.

Though the team is young, Fraysher and fellow senior third basemen Jada Briscoe, will graduate after this season, opening key leadership roles.

 “We will really miss them, there will definitely be an empty hole that we need to fill,” said sophomore Hadiza Sarr.

The Lady Jags look forward to their rematch with Clarke Central on September 25 at Central.

“It was a good game, but there were a lot of things that we didn’t anticipate,” said Massey. “We’re coming for them next time. Period.”