On Monday, Jennings County High School’s softball team had their season come to an end in a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to Floyd Central in the first game of IHSAA Sectional 15 hosted by JCHS.
Freshman Mackenzie Matern was the starting pitcher for the Lady Panthers, giving up five hits and five runs, with no earned runs. She also gave up two walks and struck out two batters. Shelby Wilson had two hits and three RBIs to lead the Lady Panther batting, with a double also coming from Tori Lee. Skyler Weber drove in the last run with a sacrifice fly ball. Runs came from Delaynee McCreary, Ashley Meade, Lee, and Matern.
After the game, emotions ran high, as Coach Bobby Willis dismissed the underclassmen from their post game huddle and just spoke with the seniors. When the meeting was over and the girls began to come around the corner of the high school where the chat had taken place, there was not a dry eye in sight. This reporter was able to catch up with Coach Willis after the game to hear his thoughts. “That’s a tough ballgame to lose. Kenzie pitched a great game; no earned runs. We made three errors that scored every single run they had, and in these big games, you can’t make mistakes like that,” Willis said. “In a one and done situation, it’s always lower scoring, every run comes at a premium.” With the Lady Panthers down 5-0 early after three innings, Willis did mention how he was happy with the way that girls fought back to bring the game close. “We only had three hits in the game and we had four runs, that’s pretty efficient for only three hits, but we had several innings where we were only one hit away from just two or three more runs, and those just didn’t come for us today.”
Look for a full season recap in a future edition of the Plain Dealer and Sun. Congrats on a good season girls!