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Lady Hounds to host playoffs after big win

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The Lady Greyhounds are moving on in the state playoffs, and they'll continue the journey at home.

After a decisive series-deciding game 3 victory by a score of 7-1 at Coffee High, the Lady Greyhounds advance to the second round of the GHSA Class AAAAA state playoffs.

They’ll host Northside - Columbus in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. on Thursday with the third game at 4 p.m. on Friday if needed. Tickets are $7 on Thursday and $5 on Friday.

With the series pushed to a third game on Tuesday, Jones County seized control early and often, leading 3-1 through two innings before putting the game away with a pair of runs in both the fifth and seventh innings.

Tuesday's pivotal matchup came after JCHS opened the series with a 4-1 win and lost 8-0 in the second game.

The Lady Greyhounds started their drive toward competing for a state title on Monday, splitting Monday’s pair of games at Coffee, taking the first game 4-1 but falling in the second contest 8-0. As a result, the best-of-three series was pushed to Tuesday afternoon’s decisive third game.

The homesteading Trojans could not muster much of anything against first game starter Destin Howard. The JCHS pitcher struck out nine and allowed a run and a hit in a complete-game victory.

With the Trojans neutralized at the plate, it laid open the way for the Lady Greyhounds to take over at the plate. They did just that, scoring four unanswered runs over the final four innings to take a series lead.

Howard helped herself in the third, homering to left center to tie things up. JCHS poured it on an inning later, starting with Taylor Trefelner and Megan Hamilton reaching base. Jones County nearly came up empty, but a two-out double by Stephanie Youngblood and another clutch hit by Shayla Pennington scored a total of three runs, taking JCHS to its 4-1 lead that ended up being the final margin.

Youngblood had two hits for the Lady Greyhounds while Pennington’s two RBIs led JCHS in that category. Molly Keenum also doubled in the game one victory.

Jones County was not as fortunate in Monday’s second game.

Unable to get much going against Coffee pitcher Madison Strickland, the Lady Greyhounds trailed 1-0 through four innings and 2-0 through six frames. That’s when the Trojans blew the game wide open, pushing across six runs in the final inning, chasing Kenzie Forrester from the game after six and a third of an inning before Brianna Edmonson relieved her. In that inning, the Trojans batted around, sending ten hitters to the plate and getting their final three runs with two outs.

The Lady Greyhounds were held to four hits, two by Keenum, and advanced runners into scoring position just three times.

Jones County closed out the regular season last Thursday at Strong Rock, winning 12-3 and scoring nine fifth-inning runs to end the game early. Howard, who got the start, combined with Forrester and Edmonson for a five-hitter.

At the plate, Pennington and Keenum each had three hits with Howard and Trefelner each driving in three runs. Pennington, Howard, and Maggie Glover doubled and Trefelner homered in the win.