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Unbeaten CHS atop region

The Lady Blue Eagles huddle up on the pitcher's mound before last week's game against the Nation Ford Falcons. The Clover team defeated Nation Ford 5-3 in a showdown for the top rank in Region 3-AAAA.
The Lady Blue Eagles huddle up on the pitcher's mound before last week's game against the Nation Ford Falcons. The Clover team defeated Nation Ford 5-3 in a showdown for the top rank in Region 3-AAAA.

CLOVER -- Coach Shea Hall's Lady Blue Eagles defeated Nation Ford 5-3 in a showdown for Region 3-AAAA supremacy last week.

The CHS girls moved to 8-0 for the season and 7-0 in the region entering this week's appearance in the Azalea Tournament at Summerville.

Ace hurler Shay Jackson was equal to the task, holding Nation Ford scoreless in every inning but the third when miscues aided the visitors.

"Shay pitched well," Hall said. "Their runs were unearned."

Jackson, a starter since seventh-grade, said it was good to see the bats came alive against Nation Ford.

"We had a lot of key hits when we needed them," the junior right-hander said. "We made a few errors but came through with the win."

Hall was glad to see the players swinging the bat in a game of such magnitude.

"Everybody in the lineup hit the ball," the CHS coach noted. "It was a tough game, back and forth."

Jackson's batterymate, hard-hitting Brittany Jo Bowman, led the offensive onslaught with a double and triple.

Lindsey Provine also had two hits. Casey Killian continued swinging at bat with a double.

The CHS girls defeated Northwestern 7-1, with Jackson picking up the win.

Jaclin Poole led the team with three hits. Carolina Shill and Sarah Thomas each had two hits.

Hall lauded the team for sitting atop the region standings at this stage of the season but said there's work to be done.

"Our kids are playing well," she said. "They've met the challenge so far. Nation Ford was a test."

Hall said competing in this week's tournament will keep the Lady Blue Eagles battle-tested when they return to region play.

Jackson shares her coach's assessment.

"Competing against strong opponents in the Summerville tournament will benefit the team," she said.

The hard-throwing junior said defense has been a key to the team's success this season.

"When I've been wild, the defense picked me up," she said.

Jackson said the Lady Blue Eagles' lofty position in the region is a source of pride for the team.

"It feels good to be unbeaten in the region," she said. "We need to continue working on our game, striving to improve each week.

"We can always do better. We need to step it up."

The Lady Blue Eagles step back into region play on Tuesday when they host Fort Mill on the CHS softball diamond. The game has a 5:30 p.m. start.

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