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Softball 6/4/2021 VS MNW

Jaguar softball picked up win number five Friday night in Manson against a very gritty Cougar squad bringing their overall record to five wins and five losses on the season. It wasn’t a pretty win by any means, but the comeback kids struck again to pick up the conference win. 


Sophomore Maddie Vansickle would get the start on the mound and throw a complete seven innings. The Cougars of Manson Northwest Webster would get hot and stay hot throughout the game scoring one in the first, one in the second, and one in the third inning. The Cougars proved to be a challenge in the box and aggressive on the bases scoring early and often, taking advantage of Jaguar defensive errors and finding gaps in the defense. After the third inning, Southeast Valley’s defense would return and hold Manson to three runs for three innings. The Jags would respond  with a run of their own when Jordyn Rowley scored on a fielder’s choice in the top of the fourth, but the Jaguar bats would stay silent until the very end. 


The top of the seventh inning came and it was the Jaguars’ last chance at a victory. The first batter of the inning would be the first out on a fly out to centerfield. Freshman Kenna Scott would earn her way on base by way of a walk and would steal second to get into scoring position. Fellow freshman Ellie Nolte would join her on the bases after hitting a line drive single to the left side, moving Scott to third. With two runners on, the next up to bat would again fly out to center for out number two of the inning. Down to their last out, the Jags had their backs against the wall and senior Emily Jaeschke at the plate. Jaeschke would hit a fly ball to shallow left field. The Jag’s future appeared to be dim as Manson’s left fielder got under the ball, but good fortune found the Jags and the ball dropped for an error, scoring Scott from third and leaving runners on first and second. With two outs on the scoreboard, the bats stayed hot. Jordyn Rowley would step in and hit Manson with a single of her own, scoring Nolte from second and moving Jaeschke to third. Vansickle would step up the plate and get struck out, but a dropped third strike would allow her to reach first safely as Jaeschke slid into home for the tying run. Two outs still on the scoreboard, Emily Hemmestead would join the party and get a single of her own, moving Rowley to third and putting herself into scoring position. With speed on the bases, the number seven hitter, senior Allison Bethel would step up for the Jags and get her first and biggest hit of the night. Bethel roped a line drive to left center scoring both Rowley and Hemmestead bringing the score to 6-3 in the Jag’s favor. The comeback would be brought to end with a fly out to the catcher. 


Manson would respond with two more runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh, but Maddie Vansickle and her defense toughed it out and there was enough insurance on the scoreboard that the Jags would come away with the win. 


Jaguar softball is back in action on Monday night for a varsity only matchup against West Bend Mallard in Harcourt starting at 6:30 PM.

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