After sweeping Jenkins High School in two games Tuesday afternoon, Lady Yellow Jackets head coach Aimee Civalier wasn’t exactly “jumping for joy.”
After beating Jenkins 14-0 in Game 1 and 14-1 in Game 2, Southeast Bulloch all but assured its No. 1 seed in the sub-region. However, it was just another day in the proverbial office for Civalier and the Lady Yellow Jackets.
“Pretty much we just secured the number one spot on our side, but that’s what we expected from the beginning. That’s why I’m not jumping up and down right now,” said Civalier, smiling after her team’s double-header win. “We did what we were supposed to do and what our goals were. From here we just have to get ready for the region tournament.”
The Lady Yellow Jackets have two games left against region opponent Islands. If SEB losses both games to Islands, Southeast Bulloch will still hold the region tiebreaker over second place Jenkins.
SEB (17-4), currently riding a four-game win streak, didn’t take long to jump on the scoreboard against the Warriors. The Lady Yellow Jackets scored 11 runs in the first inning. SEB scored 10 runs before the Warriors could record the first out of the inning.
“I thought our girls did a great job of hitting the ball, moving runners over and being aggressive on the basepath,” Civalier said. “We put up 11 runs and they came out amazing. They did a good job today.”
Malory Gagne had the big hit of the first inning. With two runners on base, Gagne hit a shot deep to right field. Both runners would score and Gagne would record an inside-the-park homerun.
“I’m always nervous before games, but I try to be confident and exhale the doubt,” Gagne said.
There was no doubt about Gagne’s three-RBI home run, however, she was unsure if coach Civalier would send her home.
“I didn’t know it was that deep,” laughed Gagne. “I was really excited.”
In the first game, starting pitcher Madison Fields pitched a complete-game no hitter, striking out seven batters.
Morgan Joyner went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Blair Chapman also added to the offensive fire power hitting 2-for-3 with two RBIs in Game 1.
In Game 2, it was a case of Déjà vu as the Yellow Jackets scored seven runs in the first inning on the way to a 14-1 win.
Fields once again got the call on the mound. She pitched four innings and struck out six batters.
“We just had to keep our intensity up and keep a good, positive attitude,” Fields said.
Amy Cooper had a two RBI single in the first inning while Kayla Perkins drove in two runners with a two-out double.
The Lady Yellow Jackets ran the basepath aggressively, taking advantage of several Jenkins High School mistakes.
“It was definitely the difference in the game,” Civalier said. “They were able to take extra bases and move runners when we needed it.”
Joyner went 2-for-3 and had one RBI for the game. Mackenzie Glisson also drove in an RBI in Game 2.
SEB will play Islands tomorrow at 5:30.
Horace Holloman may be reached at (912) 489-9408.