The Bulloch Academy softball team finally put it all together, and the result was their most lopsided win of the season. The Gator bats were on fire, and Baylee Howard allowed only one hit and struck out seven, as the Gators knocked off Thomas Jefferson 13-0 at Memorial field.
We had two players returning from injury, and I think we had some confidence from our last win,” said Bulloch Academy coach Kyle Chambers. “Overall it’s about confidence and we definitely have that right now.”
The Gators wasted no time in starting the scoring as they scored seven runs, and batted around in the first inning. A Leah Williford triple plated Abby Newton for a 1-0 lead. Thomas Jefferson didn’t help their own cause as the next three runs came off a combination of errors and walks.
Liv Finley provided the fifth run of the game on an RBI single, and then Kacie Ricketts finished off the scoring in the first with a two run single to left for a 7-0 lead.
The Gators added three more runs in the second inning. Janna Beth Marsh — playing in her first game after missing most of the season with an injury — smacked a two run double to left center. That was followed by back to back RBI doubles by Finley and Newton for an 11-0 Gator lead.
The Gators added a couple more runs in the third. Regan Ellis hit a towering drive, that would have cleared the fence easily at Bulloch Academy, but it was shy of the 275 foot fence at Memorial field. Ellis had to settle for an RBI triple. The final run came on a sacrifice fly by Hartlee Faircloth, who was also coming back from an injury.
“Offensively we hit the ball like I know we are capable of,” Chambers said. “Top to bottom, everyone in this lineup can hit the ball. Regan Ellis is hitting the ball better than I have seen since she was in a zone like this in the eighth grade.”
Howard did the rest of the work on the mound for the Gators. She would allow only one hit, struck out seven, and did not allow a walk.
“That is definitely the best game Baylee has pitched this year,” Chambers said. “She pounded the strike zone, and she kept them off balance.”
Bulloch Academy improves to 2-1 on the season. Next up for the Gators is a home date against David Emanuel Academy on Thursday at 4 p.m.