Jeff/GRC ran through New Albany in the 13-14-year-old softball District 5 championship game. The 19-0 victory finished off a clean sweep of the district for Jeff/GRC and propelled it to the state tournament.
“We came to play,” Jeff coach Jason Schuur said. “Our bats were on fire.”
Jeff/GRC hit the ball solid all night. It was in the third inning when things got out of hand. The Jeffersonville stars sent 16 hitters to the plate, with 11 of the 16 picking up hits and 14 reaching base. Jeff/GRC scored 13 runs and turned a tight 1-0 game into a 14-0 blowout.
Jeff’s 19 runs came on 22 hits and was a team effort as the lineup rolled top to bottom. Casey Schweiter was perfect at the plate going 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Kaylee Strong also was perfect and led the team with four RBI. She was 3-for-3 and scored a run. Jennifer Peffley and Kuren Worgull were both 4-for-5. Peffley scored once and delivered two RBIs, while Worgull scored three times and drove in two. Juliette Schuur and Camryn Teague both went 2-for-4 and scored three times.
“Things really clicked tonight,” Schuur said. “I honestly thought we would run-rule more teams during the district. This was our first one, but this is how I knew we could hit.”
Teague took the mound for Jeff/GRC and was solid in her five innings of work. She gave up three hits and two walks while striking out eight New Albany batters in the shutout performance.
New Albany’s Dallas Henderson had a good night at the dish. She went 2-for-2 and hit the ball hard in all three plate appearances. Haley Adams picked up New Albany’s other hit and also drew a walk.
Jeff/GRC dominated the district play, winning all five games and doing so without surrendering one earned run. In fact, iut only allowed four runs the entire district.
“This is a special group of girls,” Schuur said. “I’ve coached eight of them from the time they were five-years-old. I’m very proud of these girls.”
Coach Schuur is entering his last year coaching, and with this group, he feels he will be going out in style.
“I absolutely expect us to go deep in the state tournament,” he said.
Jeff/GRC will begin the state tournament on July 25 at Clarksville.
JEFF/GRC 19, NEW ALBANY 0
Jeff/GRC 10(13) 32—19 22 1
New Albany 000 00— 0 3 5
W — Camryn Teague. L — Camel Thomas. 2B — Jennifer Peffley (J), Kuren Murgull 2 (J), Teague (J), Casey Schweiter (J).