Jets Hand 'Stangs First League Loss
It seems all good things must come to an end at some point.
Such was the case with North Moore High School's winning streak in Yadkin Valley Conference girls' softball. Jordan-Matthews defeated the homestanding Mustangs on Friday night, 3-2, in a contest in which the lead changed hands twice during the game.
"We played well tonight," said Jets' coach Ray Stout following the game. "This is the first time we've beaten North Moore in the past seven years. Olivia (Peavey, the Jets' pitcher) was overpowering tonight."
The biggest lead change came in the top of the seventh when the Jets would cobble together the winning runs.
North Moore was clinging to a 2-1 lead when Mary Ann Wright, leading off for the Jets in the seventh, hit a home run over the left-field fence to tie the score at two runs apiece.
And then things fell apart for the Mustangs. Olivia Peavey drew a base on balls, and Chelsea Dark bunted safely. Then two successive bases on balls forced in the Jets' third run of the game.
It was enough, as Peavey set the Mustangs down in order in the bottom of the seventh, and the Jets had the win.
The Jets showed they came to play in the top of the first inning when they loaded the bases, but the Mustangs were able to get out without allowing a run.
After the Jets went down in order in the top of the second inning, the Mustangs picked up one run in the bottom of the inning to take the lead, 1-0.
Neither team was able to score in the third or fourth inning.
Jordan-Matthews scored a run in the top of the fifth inning, as Mary Ann Wright was safe at first on an error, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Holly Snipes, and then stole third.
Wright came home when Chelsea Dark reached base on an error.
The Mustangs couldn't break through in the fifth inning, leaving the game tied at 1-all.
North Moore added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Caroline Childers was safe at first on an error, Mekia Scotton bunted safely, and then both runners advanced on a wild pitch.
Angie Cruz provided the go-ahead run when she reached bunted safely, and Childers scored on the play. North Moore led at the end of six complete innings, 2-1.
Peavey pitched the entire game for Jordan-Matthews. She allowed two runs on four hits, struck out 10 batters and walked four. Kelly Davis went the distance on the mound for North Moore. She allowed three runs on six hits, struck out three batters and walked four.
"It was a good game," said Mustang coach, Sammy McNeill. "They (Jordan-Matthews) played their best game tonight. We have to concentrate on getting ready for the conference tournament and the state playoffs."
The Mustangs are still in first place in the conference, as Jordan-Matthews has two conference losses.
North Moore is scheduled to play Northwood at home on Monday at 5 p.m. in a non-conference game, and finish its conference schedule at Thomasville on Tuesday.
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