BROOKLET — Southeast Bulloch notched its biggest win of the season Tuesday evening, cruising past Johnson of Savannah in a 16-0 rout in the first game of a doubleheader.
SEB racked up 15 runs in the first inning, reserves plated one more in the second, and the mercy rule ended the contest after the to of the third.
“I liked the way we played,” SEB coach Aimee Civalier said. “Some of the talent in our sub-region isn’t where we want it to be, so we need to stay focused. I thought we did a lot of the little things right, regardless of the score.”
Madison Fields pitched three perfect frames to record the win an struck out eight of the nine batters she faced.
Fields was impressive, but the Lady Yellow Jackets’ offense saw to it that any amount of pitching and defense would suffice.
Lauren Hardin led off the bottom of the first inning by drawing a walk and Blair Chapman immediately doubled her in for the game’s first run and Mary Grace Manahan blasted a triple off of Johnson pitcher Brittany Sanders to make it 3-0.
In all, the Jackets saw all nine batters in the order reach base safely the first time through the order. All nine also scored in the inning.
Four walks by Sanders helped to put runners on base as fast as Jacket batters could clear them and Chapman’s triple in her second at bat of the first inning made it 9-0.
More walks and an error set up Emily Barnard for a shot to the gap that cleared the bases for a three-run inside-the-park home run. Sarah Bradley drew a walk and worked her way around the bases on a steal and two wild pitches to end the first inning scoring frenzy.
“I thought we took good approaches at the plate,” Civalier said. “There were a lot of walks, but we wanted our girls to be aggressive and swing at balls over the plate. Everyone did a good job of making good contact and driving the ball.”
The bottom of the second inning had all the makings of repeating the first before the Jackets called off the dogs.
After Hardin singled and came in to score on two wild pitches, the next three batters reached via a hit and two walks. All were called out on the base paths for leaving their base before the next pitch was thrown.
The win boosted the Jackets to a perfect 4-0 mark in sub-region play and an 8-3 record overall.
Southeast Bulloch will be back in action today as they step outside of Region 1-AAA competition to host Richmond Hill at 5 p.m.
Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9408.