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Lady Hounds bounce back, blank Dutchtown

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The seesaw and show of resilience that is the season to this point for Jones County softball continues.

The Lady Greyhounds bounced back on Thursday from a pair of losses two days before to Locust Grove, going on the road to paste Dutchtown, 15-0.

Jones County plays at Woodland Wednesday, Stockbridge on Thursday and hosts Union Grove in a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Early offensive firepower and the pitching of Ciara Stephens keyed the win against Dutchtown. In a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule, Stephens allowed no runs and one hit, striking out three.

The Lady Greyhounds wasted little time getting on the board, pushing across four runs in the first inning, six in the second and five more in the fourth. Jones County benefited from contributions up and down the batting order with seven batters having at least one hit.

Sierra Hursey drove in three runs to the two of Taylor Nipper and Erica Rowland. Also having hits were Stephens, Rylie Gibson, Keegan Goins and Stella Lacy. Hursey and Nipper each had a double.

Jones County fell 6-3 and 10-1 to Locust Grove, giving up four runs in the top of the third in the first of the two games. The Lady Greyhounds came back within a run to trail 4-3 before the Wildcats pushed across a pair of insurance runs.

The biggest offensive outburst for the Lady Greyhounds came in the fifth on singles by Maggie Glover and Destin Howard, scoring Kimber Kent, who also scored Jones County’s first run in the second inning.

Howard, who along with Stephanie Youngblood had two hits at the plate for Jones County, was charged with the loss, giving up six hits and six runs, two earned in seven innings.

The allowing of five runs in the first inning marked the 10-1 loss in the other game against Locust Grove, and the Greyhounds, held to a run and five hits were unable to recover. Glover’s two hits led JCHS at the plate with Howard, Youngblood and Molly Keenum each having one.