Jackson softball beats Lady Panthers 7-1 in Sectional


JACKSON — On a beautiful Wednesday, May 10, the Miami Trace Lady Panthers varsity softball team went on the road for a Division II Sectional final game against Frontier Athletic Conference rivals, Jackson.

Jackson scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to win, 7-1.

Miami Trace finishes the 2023 season with a record of 8-14.

Ella McCarty led Miami Trace with two hits, while Kaylee Everhart and Ryleigh Vincent each had one. Vincent’s hit was a double.

Everhart pitched for Miami Trace and went six innings with nine hits, seven runs (four earned) with four walks.

Serenity Taylor pitched seven innings with four hits, one unearned run, no walks and 10 strikeouts for Jackson.

Cloe Michael led Jackson’s offense with three hits, one RBI and two runs scored. One of her hits was a double.

Bryn Denny, Makayla Wyant, Maddie Wright, Allie Bradbury, Aaliyah Barnett and Bailey Witt each had one hit for Jackson.

Wright’s hit was a home run.

Wyant and Witt hit doubles and Wyant scored one run.

Denny and Ella Armstrong each scored for Jackson.

Jackson had nine hits and committed two errors. Miami Trace had four errors in the game.

Miami Trace head coach Joe Henry gave a few thoughts on the season.

The team was a mix of youth and veteran players, Henry said.

“We played six to seven freshman a game,” Henry said. “I was pleased with our older group of kids, seeing the talent and (them) learning to play as a team. As the year went on the kids got better with unity and believing in each other.”

The seniors were led by Delaney Thomas, Lexy Ely, Mallory Mitchem, Cadence Nichols, Emily Bonecutter, and Ella Watson, Henry said. The junior class was led by Brooklyn Riggs, and Macy Mahorney; sophomores were Dylaney Templin, Anna Trifthouser. The freshman class: Mya Babineau, Gracie Cordell, Kaylee Everhart, Carlee Hauck, Zoey Grooms, Ella McCarty, Ryleigh Vincent, Ellie Hoppes and Cali Kirkpatrick.

The pitching for Miami Trace varsity was led by four freshmen: Kaylee Everhart, Gracie Cordell, Zoey Grooms and Mya Babineau.

“The future for the Lady Panthers is going to be nice to watch them play together as a team,” Henry said. As for the seniors, thank you, ladies for all your hard work and dedication to the Miami Trace Lady Panthers program.”

Jackson improves to 14-4 and has a game with Unioto (21-3) Monday, May 15 in the District semifinals at Ohio University.

The No. 2 seed Unioto got by No. 15 seed Waverly Wednesday, 3-0.

No. 4 Circleville beat No. 13 Fairfield Union, 11-1; No. 8 Logan Elm shut out No. 9 Vinton County, 10-0.

The No. 3 seed, Hillsboro, beat No. 14 McClain, 11-1 and No. 6 Fairland advanced past No. 11 New Lexington, 4-0.

No. 5 seed, Sheridan won its game over No. 12 Gallia Academy, 11-3.

The District semifinal match-ups are: Athens vs. Logan Elm, Circleville vs. Sheridan, Unioto vs. Jackson and Hillsboro vs. Fairland.


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