Despite only four hits the Bartow Lady Jackets got by arch rival George Jenkins Eagles 7-4 for a district win Tuesday.
Ashley Dole started off the second inning for the Eagles with a double and two batters later Abby Haught knocked her in to give Jenkins a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third the Jackets took the lead as Cheyenne Blaha reached on a walk followed by Tonee Fabrizi double to score Blaha and then Lexy Sims lifted a long fly to left to score Fabrizi.
In the top of the fourth Lakeland put up three more runs to take a 4-2 lead.
Bartow failed to score in the fourth and fifth but put up five in the sixth inning. Sims started off with a home run to left pulling the Jackets to within one. Rachael Imig reached on a single then Stefani Walls reached on an error and Taylor Pittman on a walk.
Coach Ben Rutenbar inserted Brittany Meadows to run for Imig and Taylor Sturgil to run for Piitman.
With two outs Alex Mace hit a grounder to short who bobbled it allowing three runs to score.
The Eagles coach thought there was interference but no call was made.
Deean Davis hit one to left field and the left fielder dropped the ball scoring Mace.
The Jackets managed only four hits to the Eagle’s five hits but both teams committed four errors.
Lauren West pitched the first 3 2⁄3 innings and Chelesa King came in trailing 4-2 to shut the door on the Eagle for the win.
The Jackets record is 9-0 with a game Friday night which will be written up for next Wednesday’s paper.
The junior varsity was busy during the week as they traveled to Auburndale on Monday to be defeated by the Bloodhounds for the second time this year. The score was 5-3 in eight innings. Bartow had three runs on 11 hits and two errors while Auburndale had five runs on nine hits and three errors.
Kaycee Twomey recorded three hits while Kat Lopez added two and Meredith McGinnis, Jasmine Locketick Bayli Robinson, Malloy Goin, Lexy Cables and Grace McKillip all added one hit each.
McGinnis hit a two-run blast over the left field fence in the third inning. Hoper Brannon pitched the entire eight innings for the Jackets.
Tuesday the junior varsity bounced back defeating Jenkins 11-1. Bartow has 11 hits and committed three errors while Jenkins had three hits and three errors. Jasmine Locke and Robinson chipped in two hits each while Lopez, Goin, Cables, Alyssa Broody, Savannah Puls, Tiffany Means, and Cunningham all added one hit each. Taylor Williams went the distance for the win.
Next week the Jackets are on the road on Tuesday, March 12 at Lake Region and Friday they host the Haines City Hornets. Game times both days are 5:30 p.m. for junior varsity and 7:30 p.m. for varsity.
Starting this issue we will highlight the players starting with the three seniors who are the captains this year.
Cheyenne Blaha, outfielder, 3.0 GPA, daughter of Sonja & Dan Blaha.
Hitting .455 with a .564 on base percentage, Has four home runs this year.
Moved to Bartow from Frostproof last year. Has signed scholarship with College of Central Florida in Ocala where she wants to study pre-radiography. Choose this school because of the campus layout and how the coaches handle the teams and how the team all gets along with each other.
Best moment or memory as a Yellow Jacket: First playoff game at Bartow with the crowd and the support for the program
Comments from Coach Rutenbar: Cheyenne transferred from Frostproof to Bartow last year (her junior season). Was our starting left fielder last year and our center fielder this year. Was a first team All Polk County outfielder last year. Has good speed and power.
Lauren West, pitcher, 2.8 GPA, daughter of Rita and Jerry West. Has an impressive 0.66 ERA this year.
Has been Bartow’s pitcher for three years on the varsity pitching team to two state runner ups. Signed with Southeastern University in Lakeland. Choose Southeastern because of the coach, atmosphere and they offered her major which is business.
Best moment or memory as a Yellow Jacket: Everything about the program.
Comment from Coach Rutenbar: Lauren came up to the varsity at the end of her ninth grade year. She has been our main pitcher these last two years. She has been a two-time Polk County MVP while leading us to two state runner ups.
Rachael Imig, third basemen/pitcher 3.6 GPA, daughter of Laura Duke and Mike Imig.
Batting .472 with an on base percentage of .553 leads the team in doubles with four and also has three home runs. On varsity for all four years. Starting third basemen for three years. Natural leader
Best moment or Memory as a Yellow Jacket: Everything about the program
Comments from Coach Rutenbar: Rachael has been a four-year starter. She has been our main third basemen the last three years. She has been a two-time first team All Polk County player. Rachael has also pitched for us. She is a great third baseman and has become a very good hitter with power.