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April 30, 2014

H.S. ROUNDUP: Gray, Devils shut down Clarksville

New Albany baseball beats Clarksville 12-0

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Emily Gray pitched a three-hit shutout as Jeffersonville’s softball team earned an 8-0 victory over visiting Clarksville on Wednesday.

Gray struck out 13 Generals to improve to 2-5 on the season.

“She pitched a really, really good game,” Red Devil coach Chelsea Jordan said. “She came into the game really relaxed. I think she made up her mind before the game that she was going to dominate today.”

Gray got plenty of offensive support. Jocelyn Tincher, who began the season on the Jeff junior varsity, had another big game. She went 2-for-4 and scored three times.

“I decided to give her a shot on the varsity,” Jordan said. “She’s played shortstop and outfield, and wherever we put her, she’s found a way to get the job done.”

Courtney Shepherd also went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

“Early in the season, her bat was really struggling,” Jordan said of Shepherd. “She’s finding her swing again. That’s only going to help us.”

Tori Flaten added an RBI in both the Devils’ four-run fifth inning and their two-run sixth. Jennifer Peffley, who missed nearly four weeks with an injury, drew two walks and scored twice.

“[Peffley] came back last week and jumped right back in,” Jordan said. “She’s hasn’t missed a beat.”

The victory was the third against 11 losses in Jordan’s initial campaign on the Red Devil bench. They will try to start a winning streak when they travel to Bloomington to face North and South on Saturday.

“At this point, a win’s a win,” Jordan said. “We’re going to take it and run with it, and hopefully, carry it over to this weekend.”

Clarksville got singles from Ali Sparkman, Bailey Sharp and Kate Wingler. Sparkman also had a stolen base for the Generals, who host Salem today.

Sharp took the loss despite a solid outing in which she surrendered just seven Jeffersonville base hits.

Jordan was impressed with Sharp, who took a Shepherd line drive off of her shoulder and still managed to make the play at first base.

“That kid is tough as nails,” Jordan said of Sharp.


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