October 23, 2014 Issue
Last Saturday the Lady Jaguars of Thomas Jefferson Academy won the GICAA State Fastpitch Title in dominate fashion (8-0 and 16-7) over Central Fellowship Christian Academy of Macon.
TJ came into the finals as underdogs to the league’s top ranked program, but it did not take the Lady Jags long to establish that they were the better team on this day.
After Ansley Lamb reached base on a fielder’s choice with one out in the bottom of the first inning, Logan Johnson drove her home with a long triple into the right center gap. Johnson later scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 after 1 inning.
As it turned out, that would be all Molly Durden and the Jaguar defense would need. Durden threw her second no-hitter of the season in the game 1 win.
“Molly pitched awesome and our defense really played great all day long” Jag’s Head Coach Adam Brett said.
In fact, Jags short-stop Lindsey Sammons set the tone for the defense when she dove into the third/short gap to field a ground ball by CFCA’s first batter of the series and threw her out from her knees. Ansley Lamb also turned two double plays at second base in the finals.
The Jags did however score more runs. TJ used hits by Allie Hughes, Lindsey Sammons, Ansley Lamb, Logan Johnson and Mary Salter to score four more runs in the second inning, all with two outs. Molly Durden and Sammons both singled and eventually scored in the bottom of the fourth to make the final score 8-0 Jags.
Game two was all Jags as they piled up 17 hits and a school fastpitch play-off record 16 runs in the 16-7 blowout. After scoring one in the first and two more in the second, the Lady Jaguars sent 13 batters to the plate in an eight-run third inning to give them an 11-0 lead after three. Eleven different Jags scored in the contest. Durden and Sammons each had four hits, while Ansley Lamb and Susanna Hall also had multi-hit games.
“We came ready to play today. Everybody contributed. We played like state champions and couldn’t have played better as a team” added Jags’ right fielder Skylar Holt.
Seniors Abigail Haythorn and Molly Durden finished their high school fastpitch careers in the finals. Both were multi-year starters on teams that won three region titles, had a state-runner up finish and two state championships.
“What they have meant to this school and this program can’t be easily expressed. They will be missed” added Coach Brett of his seniors.
TJ finished the season with a 16-6 record.
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