Jags Softball Win Conference Opener
The Southeast Valley softball team opened up conference play on Wednesday in Peterson battling with the Rebels from Sioux Central. The Jaguars walked away with the win by a score of 6-5, finally pairing their offense with their defense.
The Jaguars were solid on both sides of the ball. Defensively, junior Maddie Vansickle shined in the circle facing 31 batters, striking out two and allowing her defense to do the rest. Eighth grader, Rian Schlief proved to be the pitfall of the Rebel offense throwing out two runners from her spot in right field and keeping the Rebels from scoring in crucial points of the game.
On the offensive side of the ball. The Jags took a minute to get rolling, but the fourth and fifth innigs were productive at the plate. Kenna Scott was three for four in the box and got the rally going in the fourth with a leadoff single, scoring off of Jordyn Rowley’s single up the middle and gutsy running on the bases. Rowley would reach third and score off a sac bunt off the bat of Schlief. In the fifth inning, freshman first baseman. Chloe Lambert got things started in the fifth with a lead off double to right center. Freshman, Lauren Eslick would move Lambert to three on a sac bunt.. Ellie Nolte, a sophomore, stepped up with two outs and ripped a monster hit, clearing the fence in Peterson Park scoring both her and Lambert. Kenna Scott and Jordyn Rowley would also score in the fifth inning on errors made by the Rebel defense. The Jags final run came in their half of the seventh inning. Sophomore Leilah Olson would reach base on a lead off walk. Freshman Ava Chase would enter the game as a pinch runner and score on a hit off the bat of Rowley.
Southeast Valley was able to hold off the Rebel offense in the bottom of the seventh to put one in the win column for the Jags.
Junior Maddie Vansickle was the winning pitcher.
Sophomore Kenna Scotee was three for four at the plate.
Sophomore Ellie Nolte went one for three with a homerun, two RBIs and an intentional walk
Rian Schlief and Jordyn Rowley each had one RBI a piece, Rowly was two for four in the box.
Freshman Chloe Lambert was one for four with a double.
The Jaguars hold a Twin Lakes conference record of 1-0 and 2-5 overall. They travel to Algona on Thursday, June 2nd for a JV/Varsity contest against the Bulldogs and return for a home matchup against the Cougars of Manson Northwest-Webster on Friday night.