On Friday April 11 the Bartow High School Lady Jackets and the Lake Region Thunder battled for nine inning with the bugs pulling out the victory in the bottom of the ninth.
The Jackets got things started in the bottom of the third as Tonee Fabrizi and Kenzie Green drew back-to-back walks and Mackenzie Brown laced a double to score them both.
Lake Region got on the board in the fourth as Jordon Barnes reached on a single and two batters later Mary Haff drove her in with a double
The Thunder tied it up in the fourth.
For the next four innings the teams made play after play until the top of the ninth as Avery Cotrell drew a walk and back to back hits by Kelsey Armstrong and Alyssa Rivera put the Thunder on top 3-2.
In the bottom of the ninth Bartow answered right back as Brianah Green started off the inning with a double. Fabrizi moved her to third with a sacrifice bunt. With one out and a runner on third. the Thunder intentionally walked Lexy Sims and up stepped Taylor Sturgill who sent one up the middle to score Green.
Mackenzie Brown, who had earlier in the game driven in two runs, hit the second pitch to the gap in left center scoring the winning run.
The Jackets now stand at 20 wins and 5 losses heading into Tuesday’s district contests between Lakeland High and Kathleen.
The Jackets recognized their five seniors and listed their future plans. The seniors are
• Brianah Green , OF. Plans to attend Polk State College to study nursing.
• Chelsea King, P/DH who who received a scholarship to plays ball at Auburn University at Montgomery and study nursing.
• Taylor Pittman who plans to attend Polk State College.
• DeeAn Davis, 2B. Received a scholarship to the University of Central Florida where she will also study nursing.
• Emily Delledonne plans to attend FSU where she will study Meteorology.
• Brooke Farrer who received a scholarship to Cedarville College in Ohio where she will study pharmacy.
• Taylor Williams who will attend Polk State College where she will studying elementary education.
Barrtow softball also honored with a mounted sign and plaque for Henry and Jean Couey who passed away a short time ago. The Coueys were long time supporters of Bartow softball.