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Heroics spur opening win for softball

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    Aniya Canty’s three hits included a game-winning RBI. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Erica Rowland crosses home plate to help begin the Lady Greyhounds’ comeback against Woodland. BRAD HARRISON/ Staff

A pair of weather delays stalled the first official game of the softball season for Jones County. Some early-season grit and tenacity ensured that the wait was worth it for the Lady Greyhounds.

Aniya Canty’s walk-off double down the left-field line gave the Lady Greyhounds a 5-4 win, completing a comeback after trailing 4-1 in the middle of the fifth inning. JCHS scored twice in the fifth, once in the sixth and again in the seventh for a 1-0 start to the season.

“They’re a gritty bunch, they keep fighting and battling and come in every inning ready to go,” Lady Greyhounds head coach Tripp Burt said.

They don’t let things carry over from offense to defense, and that’s a big positive.”

Canty’s heroics were not just limited to her final at-bat. She led all Greyhounds at the plate, going 3-for-4 while Megan Hamilton had two hits and an RBI as well as Stephanie Youngblood, who also had a hit.

Hamilton and Erica Rowland reached base in the fifth and went on to score, starting the Jones County comeback with Taylor Trefelner coming around to score an inning later to tie the game.

JCHS got the win by overcoming some early miscues. A wild pitch and mishandled throw back to the pitcher gave Woodland a pair of runs in the second inning. But after a pair of runs were given up in the fifth, the Lady Greyhounds buckled down.

Destin Howard, who pitched the final three and two thirds innings, got the win. She struck out ten batters, gave up two hits, two runs and walked one. She relieved Kenzie Forrester who gave up two runs, one earned on hits and fanned six batters in three and two thirds of an inning.

Jones County hosts Ola on Thursday.

The JV game is at 4 p.m. with the varsity contest to follow. Last week’s game at Union Grove, which was rained out will be played Friday.

“There’s some little things that we have to clean up a little bit that kind of cost us early on,” Burt said. “We stayed in it and kept fighting, and that’s what helped us in the end.”