Lady Rams close in playoffs
Jumpertown’s Lady Cardinals made a strong initial showing in Game One against Vardaman, but it wasn’t long before the Lady Rams took over.
Jumpertown’s Lily Michael walked on, Kristen Cartwright singled and Josie Reese doubled up the third baseline to plate them both but Vardaman’s Grace Edmondson got things under control on the mound for three strikes to get out of the jam.
In the bottom of the frame, Laci Jo Fugett walked on and stole second on a pass ball. Jessica Rodgers hit to Jumpertown pitcher, Josie Reese, but reached and moved Fugett to third. Grace Edmondson’s two RBI shot to centerfield put the Lady Rams on the board and courtesy runner, Johnna Landreth scored on a pass ball to give the Vardaman girls a 3-2 lead.
The Vardaman defense held in the second inning with Edmondson striking out one batter and shortstop, Anna Beth Lucius, connecting with Cheyenne McKiney at first and Sydney Huffman on third for two more outs.
The Lady Rams stayed hot at the plate, adding four runs in the fourth and two in the fifth for a 9-2 win that sent them to Jumpertown May 1 for Game Two.
The Lady Rams swept the series with an 8-1 win over the Lady Cardinals and went directly into the second round of playoffs hosting Hamilton Friday.
“The girls had some momentum going into North semi-finals, but we just hit a buzz saw in Hamilton,” said Vardaman coach Billy Dill. “They and Smithville are two powerhouse programs that are just on a different level than everyone else.”
The Lady Rams fell 8-1, 10-0 to the Lady Lions to close the season.
“We had a good year,” Dill said, adding that he would still like to see the team advance further in post-season play. “I really want the girls to work harder so we can get to that next level.”
The Lady Rams will graduate only one senior this May in pitcher Grace Edmondson who has signed to play for Northeast Community College in Booneville.
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