Jefferson Debs win five more, for 13-2 record

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By Shug Haigler

The Jefferson Debs softball team won five of their six games last week to improve their season record to 13-2.

Jefferson traveled to Lewisville on Thursday, May 31 and defeated the Lady Lions in both ends of a doubleheader by scores of 10-4 and 12-2.

Kassie Mann was the winning pitcher in the first game, striking out seven.

Hitting safely for Jefferson were Daisy Funderburk, Emily Kennington and Brandi Cato with one hit and one run each; Brittany Hubble with two hits and two runs and Mann and Bridae Brown one hit each.

In the second game, Jefferson tamed the Lady Lions 12-2. Mann was once again the winning pitcher,striking out four.

Leading hitters were Funderburk with two hits and two runs; Carlee Belk, Sydney Steen and Mann with one hit and one run each; Cato with one hit and two runs and Kennington with one hit (HR), one RBI and two runs.

The Debs defeated Sandlot Pride of Kershaw on Monday, June 4 in another twin bill in Jefferson by scores of 2-1 and 6-5.

In the top of the fifth inning with Jefferson the visitors, the score was tied 1-1. Jakia Seegars led off the inning with a double and later scored what proved to be the winning run on Cato’s ground out.

Kennington was the winning pitcher. Gathering hits were Funderburk, Hubble and Shontrina Blakeney with one hit each, Katie Carnes with one hit (HR), one run and one RBI and Seegars with one hit and one run.

The second game saw Jefferson trailing entering the home half of the fifth inning, but rallied for five runs to win 6-5 in a thriller. Kennington scored the game-winner by beating a throw to the plate.

Those getting one hit each were Funderburk, Hubble, Seegars and Blakeney. Carnes added a home run, one run and one RBI.

Jefferson split a doubleheader with the visiting Dirt Diamonds from Kershaw on Thursday, June 7.

Jefferson won the first game 7-1 after coming from behind a 1-0 deficit and scoring seven runs in the fifth inning. Mann was the winning pitcher allowing only three hits and striking out seven. 

Hitting safely were Seegars with two hits; Mann and Belk with one hit, one run and two RBI’s each; Blakeney with one hit and one RBI and Deja Moree one hit, one run and one RBI.

The second game had Jefferson taste defeat for only the second time this summer by a score of 7-6.

Leading hitters were Seegars with two hits (HR), three RBI’s and one run; Blakeney with one hit and one run and Brown and Steen with one hit each.

Coach Kevin Dresser commented, “The girls are getting smarter by making better decisions and I can see improvement each game.”

Pitcher Kassie Mann, a rising sophomore at Central High who had an outstanding week on the mound said, “In our first game against the Dirt Diamonds tonight we trailed the entire game, but we never gave up and scored seven runs the final inning and won the game. We really wanted to win this game and we did. We came together as a team and gave it our all.

Coach Kevin Thurman said playing against strong competition makes his team better. 

 “The team has jelled as the season has progressed,” Thurman said. “We have played some good teams and this will make us a better team.”