JEFF ROLLS BY NA IN SEMIS
Jeff/GRC handled Pool B champion and District 5 rival New Albany with surprising ease in the state semifinal.
After leaving two runners on in the first, Jeff rocked New Albany starter Maggie Jo Foreman in the second for eight runs on six hits. The first 11 GRC batters reached base in the frame.
With the bases loaded, Savannah Gaither, Danielle Monroe and Nan Garcia hit consecutive singles to give Jeff a 6-0 lead. The younger Monroe and Garcia later scored to give Jeff an early 8-0 advantage.
“We got a big lead on them and that gave them confidence, that’s for sure,” Coach Monroe said of his team’s start.
Jeff added five more runs in the third. After Gaither and Danielle Monroe each singled, Garcia hit a two-RBI triple to the right-center fence. She later scored on a Kayla Ellis single. Ellis scored when Mollie Davis doubled, and Davis came home on an Allison Tate RBI single.
Jeff made it 15-0 in the fourth when a Davis hit drove in Monroe and Garcia after each had singled.
New Albany scored three times in the fourth, but couldn’t avoid the 10-run rule. Olivia Licerio’s single broke up Eckart’s no-hitter. After Riley Chumbley followed with New Albany’s second hit, Madison Kochert drove both home with a double.
Garcia went 3-for-4, reached base four times, had three RBIs and scored three times to lead the Jeff/GRC offense.
Danielle Monroe went 3-for-4, scored twice and knocked two in, and Gaither was 2-for-3 and crossed home plate twice. Also for Jeff, Davis was 2-for-3, reaching base three times and knocking in three.
Eckart threw a complete-game three-hitter.
LITTLE LEAGUE 9-10 SOFTBALL STATE FINALS
FORT WAYNE DON AYERS 10, JEFF/GRC 0
Jeff/GRC 000 00— 0 0 1
FW Ayers 400 42—10 11 0
W — Katie Felger. L — Mollie Davis. 3B — Jewell Stephenson (F).
Records — Jeff/GRC 4-2, Fort Wayne Ayers 6-0.
JEFF/GRC 15, NEW ALBANY 3
Jeff/GRC 085 2—15 16 1
New Albany 000 3— 3 3 4
W — Megan Eckart. L — Maggie Jo Foreman. 2B — Mollie Davis (J), Madison Kochert (N). 3B — Nan Garcia (J).
Records — Jeff/GRC 4-1, New Albany 3-2.