Lady Jackets win seventh straight game

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 The Mineola Lady Jackets softball team continued their stellar play last Monday with a 12-5 win over the Edgewood Lady Bulldogs marking their seventh straight victory in district.

The Lady Jackets have now scored 31 runs in their last two games combined. They previously beat the Eustace Bulldogs two weeks ago 19-3.

Last Monday against Edgewood, Mineola got off to a hot start as they took a 2-1 lead in the second inning. The Lady Jackets then exploded for five runs in the third inning before scoring one run in the fourth inning.

With Edgewood down 8-1 the Lady Bulldogs responded scoring four runs in the sixth inning to cut Mineola’s lead to 8-5. However the Lady Jackets answered back with a four-run sixth inning of their own giving them a 12-5 lead before ending the game.

For Mineola, Anna Westberry got the start on the mound as she pitched all seven innings. Westberry threw 23 first-pitch strikes while striking out seven Edgewood batters. She gave up eight hits and five runs in the game.

Offensively the Lady Jackets had a myriad of players find success at the plate. Alyssa Lankford, Kiley Banks and Isabella Tresca each had three hits in the game. Tresca and Audrey Bush also each had three RBI apiece.  

Mineola Head Coach Chandler Touchstone said she was please with her team’s ability to refocus after making mistakes during the game.

“I felt like we were very resilient throughout that game. (In the) second inning we made some mistakes in the field and allowed Edgewood to score first. Instead of letting that inning define the game we answered back and scored two (more runs),” Touchstone said via text last week.

Touchstone also added that she believes her team has hit their stride now that they’ve gotten in the necessary game reps and practice time.

“We didn’t get much time in preseason to really get comfortable at the plate and get in a groove. Before starting district we had only played five games. Now that we’ve played 10 plus games we have really figured out who we are as a team and who we are as hitters at the plate,” Touchstone said.

The Lady Jackets return to action Tuesday when they face the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets at home. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

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