For two teams closely seeded in the state softball playoffs, Saturday’s game between Thomas Jefferson and Fisher proved to be not so close.
No. 16 seeded Thomas Jefferson beat No. 17 seed Fisher 12-0 in five innings on Saturday afternoon at Terrytown Playground to advance to the second round of the Class 2A playoffs.
“Our girls worked hard,” Jaguars coach Kevin Perry said. “(They) worked extremely hard over the past week, and they were ready. They came out in full force, and I was very proud of them.”
Jefferson jumped on Fisher early and never looked back. Brennan Bourgeois crushed a double in the first inning to drive in two runners and put the Jaguars up 2-0. They were far from content with that, though.
“I’m never satisfied,” Bourgeois said. “It was a good start to our game, though.”
Bourgeois’ hit would have been a home run had it not been for the high fence.
Two more runs scored in the inning on an RBI groundout by Daijhan Dorsey.
Thomas Jefferson added six runs in the second inning and another two in the third. The Jaguars banged out 13 hits on the day and sent at least six batters to the plate in each of the first three innings.
“It feels nice to know we have a team that can work together and get wins like this,” said Serena Brown, who had three hits and scored two runs. “We’re really confident when it comes to our batting. We work really hard to get where we are.”
All three of Brown’s hits were bunt singles.
“I work really hard on placing the ball,” she said. “I just read the field.”
Starting pitcher Mackenzie Bourgeois pitched all five innings. She allowed a single to Courtney Pellegrin to lead off the game, but did not give up a hit the rest of the way.
“I was locked in from the start,” Bourgeois said.
Bourgeois also had a hit and an RBI in the game.
“Mackenzie’s really strong, she’s a competitor,” Perry said. “I didn’t expect anything less out of her.”
The only problem the Jaguars had was sloppiness in the field. They made two errors in the later innings, but neither came back to haunt them.
Jefferson will face the winner of Monday’s game between Calvary Baptist and Northeast in the second round.