Panthers perfect in Homewood Invitational

Published 1:11 pm Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jemison’s softball team finished a perfect 4-0 in the Homewood Invitational over the weekend.

In the first game of the tournament, against Shades Valley, Jemison overcame a sluggish offensive start and exploded for six runs in the fifth inning and rode the strong pitching of Jennifer Paschal to take an 8-1 victory.

Taylor Ray and Emily Spain each collected two hits in three at-bats, while Brooke Lewis went 1-for-4 with three RBI. Paschal went the distance for JHS, surrendering just two hits and striking out eight.

Jasmine Epperson had three stolen bases, while Spain added two steals.

Jemison 21, John Carroll 0

Jessica Paschal and Kennise Bolton combined for a four-inning no-hitter and, Destiny Bailey collected four hits and a grand slam to pace the Panthers in a 21-0 win over John Carroll (0-1).

Bailey’s four-run blast over the center field fence ignited a nine-run third inning that put the game away for good. In addition to Bailey’s four hits, Jennifer Paschal added three hits, while Ray, Spain and Kelson Cole added two apiece.

Lewis scored a game-high three runs for JHS.

Jemison 3, Chilton County 2

Bailey lined a two-out single to center field to score Spain in the bottom of the fourth to give Jemison a 3-2 win over Chilton County in the third game of pool play in the Homewood Invitational.

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning, JHS rebounded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.

The Panthers loaded the bases with three consecutive walks, then Ray doubled to right field to score Brooke Lewis and Wendy Spigener to put Jemison up 2-1.

The score remained the same until the top of the fourth when Chilton County tied the game on an unearned run.

JHS pitcher Jennifer Paschal (2-0) forced a fly ball to end the inning, setting up Bailey’s game-winning hit in the fifth and final frame.

Bailey led the Panther offense with a pair of hits and a walk, while Paschal, Ray, Spain and Morgan Lucas added one hit apiece.

Paschal earned the win by surrendering four hits and recording five strikeouts in five innings of work.

Jemison 4, Homewood 2

Lewis went 3-for-3 at the plate and sisters Jennifer and Jessica Paschal combined for a six-hit, seven strikeout effort on the mound to knock off host Homewood, completing the invitational tournament with a perfect 4-0 mark.

Homewood jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on three walks and a pair of hits.

JHS cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning when Lewis led off with a single and later scored on a Homewood error following a dropped third strike.

The Panthers took the lead the following inning, with Spigener scoring on another Lewis single, and Lucas advancing to the plate on a wild rundown following a single by Spain.

Jemison added an insurance run in the third when Jennifer Paschal stole third and scored on a wild throw from home.

Jessica Paschal picked up the win in relief, going the final three innings, scattering four hits and striking out five.