On Saturday, September 25th, the Jefferson R-7 Blue Jays played three games in a Varsity softball tournament. The Blue Jays started off with a win, but then lost the next two games, to end the weekend with a 1-2 record.
The first game was against the Waynesville Tigers. It was a high scoring affair that started off hot for both teams. Jefferson lit up the top of the first with eight runs, but Waynesville immediately answered back with seven runs in the bottom of the inning.
Jefferson tacked on one, two and four runs in the next three innings to take a 14-7 lead, but in the bottom of the fourth, Waynesville put a scare into the Blue Jays by rallying for four runs. However, it wasn’t enough, and the Blue Jays earned the victory 14-11.
Offensively, Morgan Figliolo led the team with three hits and four runs batted in. Lia Ott also had three hits while Allison Campbell added two hits, including a towering home run in the fourth inning.
Figliolo also pitched three innings, giving up four hits, but zero earned runs.
In game two, the Blue Jay bats ran cold. Unfortunately, their opponents, the Russellville Indians, were red hot. The Indians battered the Blue Jays for eight runs in the first inning, and another nine in the second. The game ended via mercy rule after three innings.
Amber Degeare and Reese Humphrey provided the only offense of the game, each with one hit.
Game three didn’t go much better for Jefferson. Similar to game two, their opponents from Eugene High School ran up the score quickly, jumping out to a 6-0 lead after one inning. They tacked on another seven runs in the second, and added one additional run in both the third and fourth innings. Again, the game ended via mercy rule after inning four, 15-0.
The bright spot was Figliolo going two for two, the only Jefferson hits of the game.
The Blue Jays need to have short memories as they are quickly back in action on Monday, September 27th, taking on the Hilllsboro Hawks.