The Bartow High School Lady Jackets put up 15 runs and allowed one in their two games in the Pre-Season Classic they hosted this past weekend.
The Jackets opened the event with a 10-0 victory over Tampa Jefferson. Pitchers Lauren West and Emily Delldonnee combined to face 17 batters allowing one hit and one walk while striking out 6 batters.
Offensively the Jackets were led by catcher Lexy Sims 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs and Stefanie Walls 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs. Deean Davis added a home run and Cheyenne Blaha, Tonee Fabrizi, Rachael Imig, Meredith McGinnis, Alex Mace and Taylor Sturgill added a hit each.
The final game of the tournament featured a rematch of such as the Jackets played Tampa Chamberlain who defeated Bartow in last year’s State Championship 9-8. The game started off as a pitchers duel between Bartow Brooke Farrer and Chamberlain’s ace Rachael Dryer. The two battled through three scoreless innings but Bartow broke the ice in the bottom of the fourth as Cheyenne Blaha reached on an error followed by a hit by Tonee Fabrizi and then Lexy Sims knocked them both in to make it 2-0.
In the fifth Bartow added three more as Taylor Pittman scorched a line drive down left field line for a double. Deean Davis singled, Fabrizi walked and then Sims knocked in two followed by Rachael Imig driving in Sims. Pitcher Brooke Farrer held Chamberlain to four hits while walking one and striking out 5.
Bartow’s JV team opens their season Thursday hosting Lake Wales at 7 p.m. and Friday they host McKellar. The varsity travels to Mckell on Friday for a 4 p.m. game.
On Feb. 12 the varsity opens their home slate hosting the Lake Wales Highlanders at 7 p.m. The first pre season ranking came out and Bartow is ranked third.
2013 Florida High School Softball Preseason Top 10, Class 7A
1. Chamberlain, 2. Chiles, 3. Bartow, 4. Braden River, 5. Cooper City, 6. Lake Howell, 7. West Boca, 8. First Coast, 9. Winter Springs, 10. St Thomas Aquinas