SV SB @ Alta Aurelia 6/9/23
Southeast Valley ended their long week of travel in Alta on Friday night for a conference game against the Warriors. The Jaguars would come away with their second road win of the week by a score of 9-2.
The Jaguar bats were hot from the beginning and saw production from the entire line up, top to bottom. The highlights coming in the first, third, fifth, and seventh innings where the Jags would score two runs in each of the innings. A complete team effort and solid pieces of hitting in the box propelled the Jags to a victory.
While the bats came alive and hitting was contagious, the Jaguar defense finally came together to piece together a solid showing on the dirt. Senior Maddie Vansickle put on a clinic on the mound. Vansickle faced 20 batters and was able to keep them off balance in the box through five complete innings of play. While she recorded one strikeout on the night, she forced a strong Warrior offense to hit into the defense behind her leaving the Warriors with just two runs on the night. Vansickle also had a strong showing at the plate. In her four appearances, she recorded three hits, including a monster homerun over the left field fence, two RBIs, and one walk. Vansickle was dominant on both sides of the ball against Alta Aurelia and her catcher. Jordyn Rowley, was just as dominating. Rowley singled in all four of her at bats and scored three of the Jaguars nine runs.
Jordyn also called a complete game behind the plate. She had this to say about the pressure and expectation that comes with responsibility of calling a game, “ [The] game plan starts with talking with my coaches about the stats on the other team and taking in any advice the coaches might have, then I look at what Mads and Chlo are throwing well in warm ups and we go from there. There isn’t much pressure because I really go with the flow and have fun. I also have great relationships with both Maddie and Chloe. They are my best friends and they trust me and I always have their backs. It all comes down to the connections you make with your pitchers.”
Southeast Valley softball is firing on all cylinders right now and look to build on their momentum next week. The Jags will be back in action on Monday night in Harcourt against the Pocahontas Area Indians for another conference matchup.