FOLLOWING a gauntlet of tough tournament games, Jefferson returned to the win column with a 15-0 blasting of Greene County in three innings in its Region 8-AA opener Tuesday.
Pitcher Morgan McKinney went 2-for-3 with a homer, double and four RBIs to spark the Dragons (5-10) offensively. She also pitched a three-inning no hitter, allowing one walk while striking out seven.
Lindsey Miles also homered and drove in two runs, while Ashley Boyd (2-for-2), Emily Dufty (1-for-1, RBI), Savannah Snapp (1-for-2, RBI), Cason Anderson (1-for-2, double, two RBIs) and Meagan Faulkner chipped in offensively.
Jefferson fell to five-time defending state champion Buford Monday, its sixth loss in seven games.
The Dragons lost 8-0 and were one-hit by Wolves’ pitcher Bria Bush.
Dufty provided Jefferson’s lone base hit of the night, a leadoff single.
This was Jefferson’s second matchup with Buford this season.
Jefferson went 1-6 in the Hawk Bulldog Classic, which ran from Wednesday (August 15) to Saturday.
The Dragons faced a host of larger schools including three Class AAAAAA teams and one Class AAAAA team. Jefferson’s lone win came against Class A Providence Christian Saturday.
This was the Dragons’ second tournament in as many weeks.
Jefferson lost 17-1 to last year’s Class AAAAA champion, Collins Hill, in four innings in the tournament opener Wednesday. Eagle pitcher Amanda Chance one-hit the Dragons. Jordan Phillips produced Jefferson’s only base hit and RBI.
Most of Collins Hill’s runs were unearned with the Dragons committing eight errors.
A day later, Jefferson then fell 5-0 to Harrison. Snapp, Miles, Phillips and Anderson all went 1-for-3 in that loss.
On Friday, Jefferson lost to Effingham County 7-4. Emily Dufty (2-for-4, RBI) and Cason Anderson (2-for-4) led the Dragons offensively. Miles and Faulkner drove in runs in addition to Dufty.
Jefferson opened Saturday play with a 10-0 loss to South Effingham. Dufty, Miles, Ashley Boyd, Phillips and Faulkner each had one hit.
The Dragons, however, rebounded that day with a 5-1 over Providence Christian.
Miles had the big hit on the day, tripling home three runs in the top of the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.
Other leading hitters were Snapp (2-for-4), Boyd (2-for-4) and Anderson (1-for-3, RBI).
McKinney started and threw five innings, surrendering three hits, one earned run and a walk while striking out four.
Emily Holman came on in relief and earned the win, throwing two innings, allowing one hit and two walks.
Jefferson closed with a 9-1 loss to host Mill Creek. Holman went 1-for-2 and drove home the Dragons’ only run. Boyd (1-for-2), Phillips (1-for-2) and Anderson (1-for-2) had Jefferson’s other hits.