by CHARLIE CHITWOOD
Jefferson’s Lady Bulldogs received a confidence boost in their 3-2 win over Harleton last week. They’ll have to look elsewhere for that next victory, though, after Elysian Fields’ hurler Shayla Matthews spun a perfect game Tuesday night, knocking off Lady Dawgs 6-0.
The Lady ‘Jackets’ hurler used a big mix of pitches to set down the Jefferson girls in 21 consecutive plate appearances, striking out 13. Nia Garrett’s flyout to right ended the bottom of the third and was the only Jefferson ball hit out of the infield. Staked to a 4-0 lead, Matthews tried to further her cause at the plate leading off the sixth with a hard grounder toward the hole. Jefferson’s Katie Holliday made a fine stop though and fired to first for the out.
Elysian Fields’ plated a solo run in the second, two in the third, another in the fifth and two more in the seventh. Five of the Lady Jackets’ runs were the work of their three- and four hitters – Bre McGinty had a pair of doubles and a two-run homer en route to a three-hit, three run, four RBI night while Bri Chandler singled and doubled to drive in two more runs.
Hannah Welch was the tough-luck loser for Jefferson and surrendered four earned runs on six hits while striking out nine.
In the Harleton game, Welch went the distance and scattered four hits, allowing two earned runs while striking out six. Jefferson scrapped together just enough runs to get the win as Allison Dupree, Carley Chambers and Welch each drove in a run.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-3 in District 16-3A competition) hit the road for their next two games, playing Friday at Ore City and on Tuesday at White Oak. First pitch for the two varsity games is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. with the JV games set to begin shortly after the conclusion of the varsity contests.
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