February 21, 2017

CARTERVILLE — Loaded with local talent, the John A. Logan College Lady Vols marched south into Mississippi and returned home with five victories.

The Lady Vols were a perfect 5-0 during the “Tigerfest Tournament” in Booneville, Ms., hosted by Northeast Mississippi Community College.

From the mound, The Lady Vols were difficult hit with three pitchers — Goreville’s Sydnee Rushing, Hardin County’s Grace Vaughn, and Crab Orchard’s Brooke Arnold — compiling shutouts. Zeigler-Royalton’s Nicole Short and West Frankfort’s Sarah Aldridge also notched wins.

“Our pitching was great,” said Taylor Orsburn, JALC’s head softball coach. “They all pitched complete games. Together, they compiled less than a 1 ERA.”

Arnold, in fact, only gave up two hits during her performance on the mound.

In addition, the Lady Vols made a lot of noise with their bats. Jordyn Smith of Metropolis went nine for 14 boasting a batting average of .562. She had five singles, three doubles, and a home run over the weekend.

Three others also hit home runs: Katie Sandusky of Benton, Megan Hampton of Carterville, and Lauren Talton of Huntsville, Al.

In all, the Lady Vols scored 23 runs.

The Lady Vols defeated Southwest Tennessee, 3-2; Arkansas State Club Team, 1-0; Northwest Mississippi, 4-0; Three Rivers,10-3; and Northeast Mississippi, 5-2.

“I feel great about what our team accomplished in Mississippi,” Orsburn said. “It was probably the best weekend you could hope or wish for. They carried out everything we had been practicing and it paid off.”

February has been a great month for Orsburn who was also inducted into her high school’s athletic hall of fame on Feb. 10.