Columbia State uses big brooms in sweep

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Marshall County prep softball was well represented at the Columbia State Community College contest versus Lansing, Michigan on Saturday with former county high school players currently on the Lady Charger squad and other existing players in attendance. From left, KiKi Summers (MCHS), Brandie Jett (MCHS), Forrest freshman Kiyoko Puca, Forrest senior and Columbia State 2012-1013 signee Brooke Herron, Rachel Curtis (FHS), and Columbia Central graduate and Lady Charger freshman Crislyn Reese. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Columbia State Lady Chargers, loaded with local talent, used a set of big brooms in a (10-2, 18-0) double header sweep over Lansing, Michigan on Saturday at Eddie Campbell Field on the CSCC campus.

A pair of Lawrenceburg freshman, Shelby Boyd and Kaylee Jones played home run derby with both former Lady Cats pounding two home runs apiece in each of the ballgames.

Boyd and Jones were unreal at the plate as Boyd finished the twin bill with six hits in eight at bats, drove in seven, and scored six times.

All of Boyd's hits were extra base knocks with three solo homeruns, a grand slam, and two doubles.

Jones also cranked three long dingers (2 solo, 1 three-run HR), drove in seven, scored six times, walked once, and stole a base.

Two Marshall County players, sophomores Brandie Jett (Marshall County High School) and Rachel Curtis (Forrest) played every inning of both games.

Jett, coming off a torrid hitting streak that included quadruple 4-4 games, cooled off a bit on Saturday as the sophomore center fielder went 1-5 with one run scored, one stolen base, and one base on balls.

Former Forrest Lady Rocket third baseman Rachel Curtis (2), now a sophomore at Columbia State drills a double on Saturday versus Lansing, Michigan.

Curtis finished the double bubble 2-5 with two runs scored, two RBIs, a base on balls, and a sacrifice bunt.

Also on the squad, currently acting as manager is former MCHS standout KiKi Summers, who transferred from Martin-Methodist and will have two years of eligibility remaining, starting in August.

Former Columbia Central High School stars and Lady Charger freshmen Amber Lockridge and Crislyn Reese saw some action with Lockridge starting each game in right field and going 1-5 with one base on balls, one RBI, and one run scored.

Reese played in game two and went 1-2 with a single up the middle.

Freshman Lacie Patterson from Southhaven, Mississippi picked up the win in the circle in game one, pitching the all five innings and giving up two earned runs on five hits, while striking out seven and walking none.

Former MCHS standout Brandie Jett (center) and the Lady Chargers get fired up before sweeping Lansing, Michigan (10-2, 18-0) on Saturday at Columbia State Community College. Kaylee Jones (20) and Shelby Boyd (11), two former Lawrence County High School standouts bashed a pair of homeruns in each of the two games and combined for 14 RBIs in the doubleheader.

In game two, Oxnard, California native Danette Amar, also a freshman notched the win in the circle for the Lady Chargers, striking out five and walking two batters in five innings of one-hit, shutout softball.

CSCC head coach Johnny Littrell and his Lady Chargers will be back in action on Thursday at 4 p.m. when they host the Wallace State Lady Lions.