PONETO — Two of the better pitchers in the ACAC softball picture squared off at Southern Wells High School Thursday afternoon and Adams Central survived the contest with a 3-2 triumph over the host Raiders.
Sydnee Peterson tossed a five-hitter for the win for the Jets fanning a pair and walking only one while Cristin Carter retired nine AC batters on strikes, walked none, and allowed just five hits. Both teams only had one earned run and defensive lapses in the fourth cost Southern Wells a pair of runs.
Both teams scored once in the opening frame and Southern Wells took a 2-1 edge with another tally in the second. One of the SW runs came on a solo homer by Kayla Heron, the only extra base hit of the game for either team.
The score stayed that way until the top of the fourth when Adams Central completed the scoring for the day with two markers, both coming on passed balls. The first Jet run of the day came on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Alyssa Keller.
"It was a conference win and a road win as well," noted AC coach Cary Blake, adding "I liked the way the girls battled." Blake praised the play of freshman Liz Luginbill at first base who stepped in to replace the injured Lindsey McDougall noting "Liz did a nice job for us."
Olivia Macklin stroked a pair of singles in the game for Adams Central while Jenae Blackburn, Keller and Sammie Baker had the other hits; all were singles.
The 5-1 Jets are scheduled to return to action Monday at South Adams at 5 p.m.