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Dueling no-hitters extend Lady Hounds region streak

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    Shayla Pennington (26) threw three hitless shutout innings on Thursday against Eagles Landing. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Destin Howard (30) carefully waits for the right pitch against Eagles Landing. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Aniya Canty’s three-run homer sparked a big start for Jones County against Eagles Landing. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Stella Lacy sprints home to score a run against Eagles Landing. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Kaitlyn Quillen had a pair of hits in the win against Eagles Landing. BRAD HARRISON/Staff

What’s better than one pitcher throwing a no-hitter in a mercy-rule region victory? How about another one from the same team doing so just two days later.

Two days after Destin Howard no-hit Union Grove in a 10-0 win last Tuesday, the Lady Greyhounds handed the ball to another pitcher on staff, and there was little, if any, dropoff. Shayla Pennington pitched three shutout innings, striking out six of the nine hitters that she faced, also allowing no hits.

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Thursday’s win over Eagles Landing ran the JCHS region record going into this week’s pivotal region games against Ola and Locust Grove to 3-0. The pair of road games are likely to say a lot about which team will be the region frontrunner early on, making the recent momentum all the more important for the Lady Greyhounds.

Against Eagles Landing, the start was delayed due to the visitors having travel delays en route to Gray. It didn’t do much to throw JCHS off track. The Lady Greyhounds pushed seven runs across in the first inning and nine an inning later, putting them in position to end the game early after three innings with a mercy rule and final margin of 16-0.

Pennington was one of four Lady Greyhounds with four hits in the win, being joined by Taylor Nipper, Kaitlyn Quillen and Taylor Trefelner. Aniya Canty and Trefelner each had three RBIs, and Canty super-charged the Jones County first inning, ripping a three-run homer to make it a 6-0 lead. Pennington bunted in Stephanie Youngblood for a 1-0 lead before a two-run single by Trefelner extended the advantage to 3-0, scoring Destin Howard and Taylor Nipper.

The offense kept churning an inning later with a pair of back-to-back two out hits resulting in the final three runs of the nine-run second inning – a single by Nipper and Quillen double.

It was a similar tale last Tuesday at Union Grove. JCHS broke open a scoreless game in the third with five runs, tacking on five more in the fourth for the final margin of 10-0.

Taylor Nipper led the way with three hits and two RBIs with Quillen and Kate Cole having a pair of hits, each. The third-inning barrage of runs started with Nipper, Quillen and Cole hitting consecutive RBI singles, moving toward the 5-0 lead through three innings. An inning later, Nipper drove in Pennington to get the run-scoring underway prior to a pair of two-out singles from Canty and Kimber Kent bookending the 10-0 lead.