PM Softball Team Falls To James River In Nail-Biter, 4-3

Jonathan Schwab

Wednesday, April 5 – Overcome by fierce pitching and timely hitting, the Parry McCluer High School softball team suffered a 4-3 loss to nondistrict rival James River on Wednesday in Buena Vista.

The Fighting Blues (3-1), who had not played in 11 days due to rain, saw a 23-game winning streak snapped, dating back to early last season and including PM’s second straight Group 1A state championship.

JR hurler Olivia Simmons pitched a complete game and gave PM problems throughout, striking out 12 and allowing four hits, one walk and one earned run. Going the distance for PM was Kelsi Martin, striking out five and allowing nine hits, three walks and three earned runs.

On a slightly windy evening, the Knights took a 1-0 in the first inning. JR loaded the bases in the third inning, but, with two outs, PM’s Iesha Jackson made a diving catch in center field to prevent a run.

The Blues’ offense came alive in the fourth. After Carrington Balser walked and Jackson singled, Allison Clark hit a double to left field to drive in Balser, tying the game. Kate Beverley then put the ball in play, and the Blues capitalized on a JR error, with Beverley advancing to second and driving in Jackson and Clark to put PM up 3-1.

PM maintained that lead until the sixth, when JR scored two runs to tie the game at 3-3. A fly ball to left field by LaKota Lucado brought in Sara Faust, and Simmons hit a line drive to center field to score Brenna Eubank.

JR’s winning run came in the seventh. Josey Lackey advanced to third base on a PM error, and Hollie Hill hit a grounder to bring home Lackey, who beat PM’s throw to home plate.

Simmons and Lackey led JR with two hits each. Recording one hit each for PM were Balser, Jackson, Martin and Clark.

Each team committed one error.

The Blues will return to action with a nondistrict game at Eastern Montgomery on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

For the full story and photos from Wednesday’s game, please see our April 12 newspaper. 


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