Jones strong at invitational – Host Lady Bulldogs sweep tourney

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 15, 2005

For the first time this season, Montevallo softball coach Ron Holsombeck was reminded of last year’s team when he watched his Lady Bulldogs take the field.

Saturday was a good day for

Holsombeck as Montevallo (5-3) swept the Lady Bulldog Invitational, giving the coach a welcomed reminder of the potential of a team that went 26-9 last season before falling in sub-state play.

Senior pitcher Katie Jones was dominant for host Montevallo, working 15 innings across three games in which she allowed only four hits.

&uot;She has such great movement,&uot; Holsombeck said of Jones. &uot;She can work the corners as well as anyone I’ve seen. She can find a hitter’s weakness and attack it.&uot;

The Lady Bulldogs didn’t give up a run the entire tournament, defeating Jemison 3-0 in the morning game, then downing Chelsea 11-0 before beating Oak Grove 2-0 to clinch the tournament title.

While Jones’ impressive outing on the mound took pressure off of MHS batters, Holsombeck said he was equally pleased with his team’s performance at the plate – even in the absence of starting leadoff hitter Lauren Stephens, who was competing in a cheerleading competition out of town.

&uot;For us to have done so well offensively without (Stephens) is a good sign,&uot; Holsombeck said. &uot;She has been a real steady leadoff hitter for us for the past two years.&uot;

Temporarily filling Stephens’ spot in the lineup, outfielder Amy Boyd was a solid 3-for-8 with three runs and two RBIs on the weekend.

Montevallo 3, Jemison 0: Jones led off the tournament with 12 strikeouts against Jemison, who entered Saturday’s game at 4-0 on the season.

A mishandled bunt in the first inning kept Jones from recording a no-hitter as she went the distance and earned the shutout for Montevallo.

Haley Dennis put the Lady Bulldogs out to an early lead with a two-run double in the first and Jordan Archer scored Montevallo’s final run in the fourth.

Montevallo 11, Chelsea 0: Dee Dee Ray’s two-run double sparked a six-run third inning for the Lady Bulldogs.

Ray was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and one run scored.

Amy Boyd and Melissa Staffney each had two RBIs and two runs scored.

Seventh grader Anna Nix didn’t allow a run in two innings of relief.

Montevallo 2, Oak Grove 0: Jones struck out seven in her second one-hitter of the day, walking only two batters in six innings.

Whitney Farrington and Amy Boyd scored Montevallo’s only runs while Staffney earned an RBI for the Lady Bulldogs