Lady Wildcats witness perfection

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 20, 2007

There&8217;s a new treasure sitting on the shelf in Kassadie Jones&8217; bedroom today. Still dusty from Monday&8217;s 6-0 win for Shelby County High over Shades Valley, the yellow game ball sits next to her home run balls to mark the perfect way she opened her final season at home.

Jones struck out 15 of the 21 batters she faced Monday afternoon, and with the help of her defense, she retired the other six Mountaineers without allowing a baserunner.

&8220;Tonight was really exciting for me,&8221; Jones said of her perfect game. &8220;I knew I didn&8217;t have any walks, and I usually have one or two a game, but at the end of the game I realized I hadn&8217;t had any hits either.&8221;

Jones was not the only Wildcat to not realize the feat until late into the game.

&8220;I actually didn’t know it was a perfect game until about the sixth inning. I looked up and thought, man has anybody gotten’ a hit. I knew we hadn’t walked any body. The game was going so smooth you don’t keep up with it,&8221; said head coach Ashley Phillips.

Jones received run support in the first inning from Jessica Pennington, who hit a three-run home run in the first inning to put the Wildcats on the board.

&8220;She had a big game today and needed it,&8221; Phillips said of Pennington, who was 2-for-2, with a walk on the day. &8220;She hasn&8217;t been hitting the ball very well, but she had a good start today.&8221;

The Wildcats added three more runs in the game with Brooklyn Phillips and Whitney Jones collecting an RBI each.

Jones&8217; perfection keeps her ERA at .000 for the season as she improves to 4-1.

&8220;I set a goal to do better than I did last year, and I’m working to achieve it,&8221; Jones said.

The Wildcats traveled to Jemison Tuesday night, but results were not available at press time. They travel to Calera Thursday before hosting Oxford on Saturday. Jones says she and her teammates are pumped up for a rematch with Oxford, the team that ended their run in the playoffs last year, as they look to expand off of last year&8217;s success.

&8220;We have big expectations for ourselves this year. We made it to the second round of the playoffs last year, and we&8217;ve set our goal a lot higher this year to make it to Montgomery,&8221; Jones said