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SEB softball celebrates homecoming with win
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    BROOKLET — The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (12-4, 9-1 Region 3-AA) celebrated homecoming with an 11-2 victory over visiting Jefferson County Thursday.
    Southeast Bulloch got the scoring started early. After an Ashley Clifton first-inning, RBI-single put SEB up 1-0, the Jackets crossed the plate seven times over the next two innings.
    Southeast scored three times in the second — on an Olivia Melvin RBI single and a two-run, bases-loaded hit by Ciera Weaver — and put four more on the board in the third. Lauren Crosby and Randi Shuman both had RBI doubles and DeAnn Lewis drove in two more when she dropped a bases-loaded single into right-center field.
    Lady Warrior pitcher Kristy Arrington has faced the Jackets before, and did not fare nearly as well this time around.
    “(Jefferson County has) a very good pitcher,” said Southeast Bulloch coach Aimee Civalier. “Fortunately for us, we saw her on Monday. We struggled — we only scored three runs and didn’t hit the ball very well —but we adjusted today and came through with 11 hits. I’m proud of them. They did a great job offensively.”
    Jacket starting pitcher Megan Barnwell was lights out for the first 32⁄3 innings striking out eight, but was pulled after cramping up when 10 of her last 11 pitches were balls. She hit a batter and walked three in the span, and JCHS crossed the plate twice with a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk. Clifton finished up the game striking out four in the final 31⁄3.
    The Jackets tacked on three more runs in the sixth before finishing off the Warriors in the seventh.
    Eight different Yellow Jackets drove in runs for SEB, and all 11 players that got to the plate reached base at least once. SEB stole eight bases in the contest and eight of Southeast Bulloch’s hits came from the bottom four of the batting order.
    “I think one through nine, we’re strong,” said Civalier. “When you get through the three and four batters, you look at going 1-2-3-4 all over again. Really, the number eight spot is a four spot for us.”
    Shuman scored three times from the eight spot, and Hannah Denmark and Kelly Hadden both had pinch-hit singles from the nine spot in the order.
    Southeast Bulloch has won seven of its last eight and looks to build on its momentum when it hits the road Saturday for region matchups against Laney (noon) and Josey (2 p.m.)

    Matt Yogus can be reached at (912 489-9404.