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Lady Hounds shutout Locust Grove; busy schedule awaits

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    The Lady Greyhounds celebrate a home run earlier this season. They’ll end this week by playing five games in a span of four days. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Destin Howard no-hit Locust Grove last week to help the Lady Greyhounds stay on pace for the region lead. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Stephanie Youngblood’s solo homer gave the Greyhounds their first run of the game against Locust Grove. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Kaitlyn Quillen and her Lady Greyhounds teammates host Woodland on Thursday and Stockbridge next Tuesday. BRAD HARRISON/Staff

Thanks in part to last week’s weather from Hurricane Ida, the Lady Greyhounds schedule is now packed with multiple games in a short period of time.

This week was already heavy on scheduled contests, with a pair of home games against Woodland and Dutchtown on Wednesday and Thursday at home as well as two contests on Saturday at GCSU against West Laurens. With last week’s game against Ola being postponed to this Friday, it gives JCHS five games in a span of four days.

JCHS enters this week on the heels of a key region win, momentum that’s greatly valued given that the Ola game figures to decide the region front-runner.

Jones County took a big step toward having a hold on the region lead last Thursday against Locust Grove, dominating the final innings to win 8-0.

Stephanie Youngblood made it 1-0 with a solo homer in the third inning, and that’d be all the offense that the Lady Greyhounds would need as Destin Howard hurled a no-hitter. She struck out 18 Wildcat batters, including six of the first seven.

JCHS bought itself some insurance over the final innings, pushing four runs across in the fifth, one in the sixth and two more in the seventh. The fifth-inning rush of runs came through the long ball with two homers being hit in three plate appearances. After a solo shot by Howard, Kate Cole’s two-run shot made it 4-0, also scoring Taylor Nipper before the inning’s final run came when Kimber Kent drew a walk and eventually scored.

An inning later, it was 6-0 as Aniya Canty scored a run before a pair of runs coming in in the final inning thanks to Howard and Nipper crossing home plate.

Youngblood, Howard and Kaitlyn Quillen each had two hits against Locust Grove with Youngblood, Howard and Cole driving in two runs apiece.