April 23, 2014 — Patience Jones will admit she is not a big fan of hitting in the leadoff spot.
Her coach and her team cannot argue the results has she got on base four times and went 3-for-3 with a run scored as West Carter defeated Morgan County 10-0 in five innings in Olive Hill on Monday.
“She’s been hitting the ball and hitting it well and we weren’t getting a lot of production in that spot,” West Coach Jess Cordery said. “She stepped in and did a nice job. She’s not the fastest leadoff hitter but she’s doing the job that the spot needs to be successful.”
Jones was hit by a pitch and singled in the first inning, part of a six run frame for the Lady Comets (3-8). She also singled in the third and fourth innings. West shelled out 12 hits in the win.
“I’d prefer to bat fifth but it seems like it’s working so far,” Jones said. “If it’s good with him, it’s good with me.”
Jones added: “We took advantage of our at-bats. The ones we could get a hold of, we put them in play and it allowed us to score some runs.”
Sydney Brown went 3-for-3 with three RBI and a triple, Leanna Bailey went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Leatha Reynolds went 2-for-2 with an RBI
The six run gave Reynolds the cushion she needed as she pitched four innings, giving up one hit and striking out eight of the 12 batters she faced.
“We got a real good pitching effort out of Leatha Reynolds,” Cordery said. “The defense played well behind her and when we started hitting the ball, it turned out to be a good all-around performance.”
Cordery said it helped getting backed up behind a solid defense that did not allow a ball to get past the infield.