Tuscola rules AshevilleJones gets three hits, tosses a CG three-hitter
Junior Jada Jones and the Tuscola varsity softball team (2-10) put on a defensive and offensive show as the Mountaineers thumped visiting Asheville, 13-2, in a six inning mercy-rule non-conference game Friday afternoon at the Tuscola Softball Ballpark.
Jones pitched a sparkling six innings, giving up just two runs and sparkled at the plate, going 3-for-3, including two singles, a double, scored three times and drove in four runs.
“I didn’t play last year and it has taken me a while to get back to form,” said Jones. “We hit the ball well today and the defense was great, which made a big difference in the outcome.”
However, Jones had a lot of help as the Mountaineers put together a stellar error-free game defensively, while the Cougars (2-11) were guilty of five miscues.
Offensively, the Mountaineers pelted Asheville pitcher Haylee Montgomery for 16 hits, while Jones limited the Cougars to three hits. A pair of Asheville baserunners were also thrown out trying to steal second by Tuscola catcher Morgan Rogers.
Despite the score, Tuscola had to come-from-behind with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead. After Asheville managed to tie it at two in the top of the fifth, the Mountaineers scored eight runs just a half inning later to take a 10-2 lead and added three more runs in the sixth to enforce the mercy rule.
At the plate for the Mountaineers, Tristan Woodall tied Jones for most hits as the senior went 3-for-4. Taylor Wester, Ally Plafcan, Rogers and Ashley Welch had two hits each, while Rachel Birmingham, Heather Nelson (2B) and Melissa Ruff (game-ending 3-RBI 3B) had one hits each.
Manager Mike Gentry’s ballclub hosts Franklin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8.