NEEDING to shake things up a little bit following four consecutive losses, the Jefferson softball team took the field decked out in all-red uniforms Tuesday. The motivational ploy did the trick — and so did a little hitting.
Jefferson (6-9) beat Class AAAAA Winder-Barrow 9-6 to get back in the win column, pounding out 10 hits in the victory.
“It feels good to get back there,” Dragon coach Zach Black said. “Maybe we can build on it and get a little bit of confidence. We’ll see what happens from here.”
Meagan Faulkner led Jefferson offensively with two hits and three RBIs. Olivia Husted finished with two hits and two RBIs. Caroline Mitchell also had two hits. Husted earned the win from the circle, pitching all seven innings.
The Dragons' offense had generated a little momentum in the previous game — a 12-11 loss to North Gwinnett — and it carried over to Tuesday’s win.
“Hitting is contagious,” Black said. “If one girl gets a hit, it seems like the next one gets one and the next one gets one.”
The Dragons built an 8-0 lead after four innings, but Winder-Barrow got back in the game with five runs in the top of the fifth.
“Winder is a really good team,” Black said. “They hit the ball well and they play defense well. Even though you have an eight-run lead against those guys, you’re still kind of holding your breath a little bit.”
Black was proud of his team for not losing its poise.
“Before we seemed to get down a little bit,” he said. “Credit our girls tonight. They stayed up, they stayed confident, and they found a way.”
As for those all red-uniforms, Black said the team decided to switch things up a little bit, but the players weren’t a fan of the look at first.
“We said hey, go out there and maybe it will help us play a little bit loose and not be so uptight and we’ll be alright,” Black said.
Jefferson plays Brookwood at North Oconee High School tomorrow and at East Jackson Thursday.
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