Thomas County Central missed opportunities to extend its lead Tuesday.
But the three-run first inning was all the Yellow Jackets ended up needing, as they held off visiting Lee County 3-2 to remain undefeated in Region 1-AAAAA.
Armed with that 3-0 lead, Central put runners on third base in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. But the Jackets couldn’t deliver the knockout blow against Trojans pitcher Caitlyn Lawton.
In the fifth inning, Central got a leadoff double from Brooke Stanley, who then moved to third on a wild pitch with nobody out. Lawton then retired the next three hitters without the ball leaving the infield to strand Stanley.
An inning later, Logan Covington reached on an error to open the frame and Kendall Stanaland followed with a double to put two runners in scoring position and no outs. But once again, the Jackets couldn’t get the ball out of the infield to continue building the lead.
“We definitely hit well enough (to extend the lead),” Central coach Robyn Trammell said. “We left way too many runners on, but I feel like we’re going to get them in, in the end.
“We’ve still got a long way to go.”
See Wednesday's edition for more details.