By Jana Rayburn
Yellowjacket Baseball – The Chester Yellowjacket baseball team will face the Kennard Tigers in the Regional Quarterfinal round of the state baseball playoffs. Game one will be played at Hudson High School on Friday, May 10 at 1 p.m. Game two will again be played in Hudson on Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. Game three, if necessary, will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.
Lady Jacket Softball – The Lady Jacket softball team had another big playoff win last Tuesday as they defeated the Wells Lady Pirates 11-1 in the fifth inning. The game was played earlier than scheduled due to the weather forecast for the end of the week. The Lady Jackets faced Wells earlier this season during a tournament and lost by one run. The Lady Jackets showed everyone that they determined to have a different outcome in the first inning. The lead-off batter from Wells got on base but was tagged out stealing second base.
The Lady Jacket defense put away the next two batters. Taylor Handley got the offense started with an RBI single in the bottom of the first. A double by Cheryl Clack brought in two more runs for the Lady Jackets. Emma Grimes added another run stealing home. Wells was able to put their first two batters on base in the top of the second inning, but Josey Sturrock struck out the next three batters.
Chester scored four more runs in the second inning, with triples by Sturrock and Clack and singles by Handley and Belle Gilzow. The third inning was scoreless for both teams. Wells was able to score their only run in the fourth inning, bringing the score 8-1. Clack drove in another run for the Lady Jackets in the bottom of the fourth with a single to right field. After sending the first three Lady Pirate batters back to the dugout in the top of the fifth inning, Belle Gilzow hit a double to centerfield, sending two runners home to end the game for the Lady Jackets. Josey Sturrock got the win for the Lady Jackets, allowing only one run and six hits, while striking out five Lady Pirates. Chianne Chandler also played a great game on third base.
The Lady Jackets will face the Chireno Lady Owls in the Regional Semi-Final round next week. The teams will at Jasper High School on Friday, May 10 at 4 p.m. for game one. Game two will be played at Jasper High School on Saturday, May 11 at 4 p.m. Game three, if necessary, will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.