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  Maya Hughes Named Big 10 Freshman of Week
Maya Hughes Named Big 10 Freshman of Week
2/16/2015
Purdue Freshman Maya Hughes (Jack City Spring Program, Jack City - Jacobs) was named the Big 10 Freshman of the Week after leading the Boilermakers to a 5-0 record at the FIU Invitational last weekend.

The speedy outfielder led Purdue with a .667 average with a .706 on base percentage while stealing six bases over the weekend. Maya went 10 for 15 with four multi-hit games, including 3 for 4 in the final game on Sunday. She scored five runs and had 4 RBI, one of which was the game winner against Florida International on Friday. She also tied a school record by stealing three bases against Memphis on Saturday.

Congratulations Maya!
 
  Sarah Beth Roberts Leading Chattanooga Early
Sarah Beth Roberts Leading Chattanooga Early
2/9/2015
UT Chattanooga senior Sarah Beth Roberts opened the 2015 season by going 8 for 14 (.571 average, ,625 on base percentage) with at least one hit in all 5 games at the Plainsman Classic in Auburn, AL, leading UTC to a 4-1 record for the weekend.

Roberts went 3 for 3 on Saturday against UAB with 3 RBI and a home run. She also ripped another home run against Evansville and had a double in the win over George Washington.

The talented third baseman who spent 9 years in the Worth/Jack City Program has been named to the All Southern Conference Team for each of her first three seasons at UTC, and is well on track to repeat in 2015.
 
  Great Opening Day for Casey Vincent
Great Opening Day for Casey Vincent
2/8/2015
UT Martin senior Casey Vincent started the 2015 season with a bang...literally. A four year starting pitcher for the Skyhawks, Vincent contributed from both the circle and at the plate going 3 for 3 with a home run and 4 RBI while picking up a complete game win over the University of Nebraska - Omaha in Starkville, MS.

On the weekend, Casey went 4 for 8 with 5 RBI, including a double and a home run. She also threw 6 solid innings against Nicholls State on day two of the Mississippi State Invitational.
 
  Christiana Gable Opens 2015 Strong
Christiana Gable Opens 2015 Strong
2/8/2015
Austin Peay sophomore Christiana Gable opened the 2015 campaign strong last weekend turning in a 3 for 3 with a double and four RBI in addition to a pair of walks in the Governors opening win over Mississippi Valley.

In the second game on the day, Gable went 1 for 2 with a walk while hitting a 3 run home run against St. Louis. On Saturday and Sunday, Christiana ripped another home run against Mississippi Valley and picked up a pair of RBI versus Middle Tennessee.

The Jack City Alum is hitting .316 with 10 RBI in 19 official At Bats on the season from the 3rd spot in the order
 
  Maya Hughes Records Hit in First Collegiate At Bat
Maya Hughes Records Hit in First Collegiate At Bat
2/6/2015
Purdue freshman Maya Hughes started her first game as a collegiate player in Centerfield and hitting in the lead off position.

Whatever nervousness she might have had in the first inning of the season opener as the first Boilermaker to step to the plate in 2015, Maya calmly rapped out a hit and advanced to second on a throwing error committed by the San Diego State defense who had to rush to catch the speedy slapper. She also picked up another hit in the second game on Friday against Cal State Fullerton and finished her first collegiate day with a .333 average.

Whjat a super start for a tremendously talented player. We expect to see a lot from Maya over the next four years.
 
  Mays Signs With Roane State
Mays Signs With Roane State
1/27/2015
Briar Mays has signed an athletic scholarship to play softball at Roane State for the next two years. The speedy outfielder has spent the past three seasons with the Spring Collegiate Prospect Program and is a key member of the Jack City 18U travel team.

Mays has played most of her travel career in the Team Worth/Jack City program, beginning with her 10 year old season as part of the Team Worth 98 Red squad, coached by Curtis Mays. She is entering her 7th season with the team which became Jack City several summers ago.

Roane State coaches are excited about bringing Briar on board. As a power slapper with exceptional speed, Briar has become an offensive force at the plate and creates havoc on the base paths. She has become a strong defensive presence in center field over the past few seasons and has stepped into the battery rotation the past two years as a catcher.

Congratulations Briar

 
  Stephens Signs with Tennessee State
Stephens Signs with Tennessee State
11/25/2014
Abi Stephens has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball for the Tennessee State Tigers which is a member of the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference. Stephens has played for two seasons with the Jack City Spring College Prospect Program as an outfielder and second baseman. She has also played with the Jack City - Jacobs travel team for the past five years.

With a desire to study nursing, the strong academic nursing program at Tennessee State was a strong draw for Abi. She will make an outstanding addition to the Tiger softball squad under new head coach Tom Opdenbrouw.

When asked about Abi by the TSU media department, Opdenbrouw stated "Abi is a hardworking, gritty, competitor. She has a combination of speed, power, and tenacity, fitting what we were looking for to play in our outfield. Offensively, her skill set makes her the type of athlete who can make things happen at the plate and on the base paths. Her Jack City coaches agree as they have all seen these things in her game for years.

Congratulations Abi.

 
  22nd Annual Jack City FREE Fundamentals Clinic
22nd Annual Jack City FREE Fundamentals Clinic
8/16/2014
Registration for the 22nd Annual Free Fundamentals Clinic is now open.

The 22nd Annual Jack City FREE Fundamentals Clinics will be held on August 16th at Veterans Park in Lavergne, TN. This is a FREE clinic open to all fastpitch players and will focus on position based and general defensive skills.

As in the past, the Jack City Fundamentals Clinics are free of charge.

Spots are limited. In the past, we have allowed far more players into the clinics than the original maximums, but space will be limited this year, so we will not be able to allow additional entries after the available spots have been filled.
 
  Collegiate Alumni Update - Week 1
Collegiate Alumni Update - Week 1
2/10/2014
A number of our talented alums had a great start to the 2014 college season last weekend as their respective teams hit the fiield for the first action of the season.

Caralisa Connell - University of Louisville
Connell recorded two wins from the circle, including a one hit, shut out in a 7-0 win over St. Johns. The senior right hander struck out 16 in 15 innings and compiled a 0.93 ERA over three days in Boca Raton, FL earning American Athletic Conference Honor Roll honors for the week. The two wins were her 64th and 65th of her career at Louisville, which moved her into 3rd place in career wins for the Cardinals. Connell has been named to the All Big East Team in each of her three years in Louisville.

Austyn Whaley - MIddle Tennessee State University
Austyn earned a starting posibiton at second base for her first game as a collegiate freshman, and it didn't take her long to have an impact for the Blue Raiders. Whaley pounded out a pair of hits, going 2 for 4 in the opening game against Kennesaw State, followed by a two run home run against Memphis in the second.

NIna Dever - Middle Tennessee State University
The senior outfielder started 2014 season as hot as she finished in 2013. In the opening inning of MTSU's first game, Dever ripped a three run home run to start a six run rally. Dever was named to the All Sun Belt team last season.

Kendall Hooper - Tennessee Tech
In spite of Tech's slow start at the Auburn tournament last weekend, Hooper was a bright spot for the Golden Eagles. Kendall recorded at least one hit from the lead off spot in each of their first three games, including a 2 for 3 outing against nationally ranked Notre Dame.Hooper was joined in the lineup by senior Kayla Floyd/

Sarah Beth Roberts - Chattanooga
Roberts hit .300 on the weekend in a UTC lineup that saw very little offensive punch in their opening tournament. The junior third baseman has been named to the All Southern Conference Team in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.

Haley Fagan- Trevecca Nazarene
In her first season with Trevecca after spending time at the University of Tennessee and Chattanooga State, Haley was awarded the opening game start against Delta State. Fagan scattered 7 hits and struck out 6 to pick up the complete game 5-4 win. On the weekend she struck out 13 in 13 innings of work. Fagan was joined in the starting lineup by freshman second baseman Kaitlyn Crumpler and Mackenzie Leding.
 
  Abell Signs with Cumberland
Abell Signs with Cumberland
12/3/2013
Jack City pitcher Kristen Abell has signed a scholarship to play collegiate softball at Cumberland University next fall following graduation. She will join Cumberland right after the Bulldogs wrap up their final season in the NAIA's Mid-South Conference and begin the transition to NCAA Division II as a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Abell had a stellar spring in 2013, leading the Jack City Spring Exposure Program in wins and home runs. In a 12 game stretch, Kristen pounded out seven home runs, inlcuding a grand slam. She finished the season with a .436 average and an ERA of 1.03.

Kristen is also a part of the Jack City travel program and plays for Coach Chris Jacobs in the summer and fall, compiling a win-loss record of 46-5 with three saves and an ERA of under 1.80.

Kristen's cousin, Jordan Abell, was a four year standout with Team Worth Gold and is currently a junior middle infielder at Lipscomb University.

Kristen will spend the spring season getting ready to make an immediate impact at Cumberland. The Bulldogs graduate all three pitchers this year and will be counting on Abell to fill some big shoes.

Congratulations Kristen

 
  Alexis Hill Signs with Austin Peay
Alexis Hill Signs with Austin Peay
12/1/2013
Jack City standout Alexis Hill will be taking her skills to Austin Peay State University in the fall after signing a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period. The power hitting catcher/corner will be expected to provide an immediate impact in the Governor's line up.

Hill is returning for her third season with the Jack City Spring Exposure Program, sporting at .542 average with 7 home runs wihle compiling a .998 fielding percentage. APSU head coach Stephanie Paris indicated that she was impressed with Hill's power and stated "We need her bat in the lineup" and would "find a place for her" behind the plate or at first or third to make sure they could utilize her offensive skills.

During the summer and fall travel ball seasons, Alexis has been a consistent performer for Coach Chirs Jacobs with Jack City (Jacobs) for the past four years.

Congratulations Alexis

 
  Bombard Signs with Blue Mountain
Bombard Signs with Blue Mountain
11/22/2013
Emily Bombard (Mt. Juliet High School) has signed a scholarshiip to play softball for Blue Mountain College. After being recruited by more than a dozen colleges, Bombard decided to head to Mississippi to join Coach Kevin Barefield's Lady Topper squad.

In only their thrid season in existence, Coach Barefield led the Blue Mountain squad to a 25 win season and a deep run into the TranSouth Conference Championship Tournament, and is expecting the Lady Toppers to better that performance this year.

Coach Barefield was excited about bringing a player the caliber of Bombard into his program and refers to Emily as his "crowning jewel" of the 2014 signing class. He feels that she is the type of player to "build a strong program around because she is a talented difference-maker."

Emily has spent the past three years with Team Worth 94 and Jack City (Jacobs). Although she is primarlly a catcher and shortstop, she has played every position except for pitcher during her time in the program.

Congratulation Emily!
 
  Savannah Oliver Inks with Governors
Savannah Oliver Inks with Governors
11/21/2013
Savannah Oliver (Mt. Juliet High School) is the second Jack City player in the 2014 class to sign with Austin Peay State University during the early signing period . Oliver will join Alexis Hill in the fall as a freshman. At APSU, she will also join fellow Jack City student and Team Worth (Gable) player Christiana Gable who is currently in her freshman season with the Governors.

Oliver is an outfielder who spent the summer and fall with Jack City (Blankenship) where she hit .443 and provided consistent power from the middle of the order. Before playing with Jack City, she spent a season with Team Worth 95 playing for Charlie and Melissa Gravat.

Congratulations Savannah
 
  NEW! Jack City Middle School Spring Program
NEW! Jack City Middle School Spring Program
7/20/2013
Jack City is pleased to announce that the successful Spring Program is expanding to include a Middle School division, beginning with the 2014 Spring Season. There will be only a very small number of openings available for this program, so we encourage you to register as quickly as possible. Once the avaiable roster spots are filled, no additional applications will be take. Online Registration is now open.

The Middle School aged program will be focused primarily on skill development. The initial stages of the college recruiting process involves preparing players to compete at the highest levels in order to capture the attention of college coaches when the time comes to be seen by those coaches. Middle school players will have the advantage of gaining all the recruiting education provided for the High School Program, and will have a tremendous head start once they begin their own efforts to be recruited.

More importantly, they will be coached by the same top level coaches who have built the very success Jack City Spring Exposure Program for high school players. Girls participating in the Middle School program will also be given priority for the College Exposure Program once they reach high school. In each of our first two years, we have had more than 200 players apply for 2-3 dozen openings in the Exposure Program, and unfortunately have had to turn players away.

The cost for the program will be very similar to those of most travel teams, and will be significantly less expensive than the high school program. Fees will be used only to pay for direct costs of tournaments, sanctioning, and insurance. The high school division is more expensive because of the cost of producing and storing extensive video archives for college coaches. We will also provide fund raising options if necessary.

Online Registration
 
  Spring Exposure Program Registration Now Open
Spring Exposure Program Registration Now Open
7/19/2013
Registration for the Jack City 2014 Spring Development and College Exposure Program is now open for a limited time period. The program is designed for elite level players who want to take their game to the highest levels and market their skills to college coaches.

We would love to take every player who is interested in the Spring Program, but we strongly believe that it is important to keep the number of participants to a minimal number in order to bring the greatest benefit to each participant. Once we have filled all available positions, registration will be closed for the year.

The Spring Program was developed as an alternative to high school softball, but WAS NOT designed with the objective or intent to "ruin" high school softball nor was it designed to target or harm any specific school(s). High school softball serves the needs for many players. Some, however, especially those who have a desire to play collegiate softball, feel that reaching the next level requires a more advanced and comprehensive training, development, and exposure program. The Jack City Spring Development and College Exposure Program has been designed specifically for those players. The Spring Program is designed with two primary emphasises - Advance Skill Development and College Exposure.

Just as high school ball does not meet the needs of every athlete, the Spring Program is not designed to appeal to every player. We have designed the program to develop and promote elite level athletes who are looking for more than their particular school can provide for them. We have also developed the program in a way whick eliminates those things which tend to be problematic in school ball for many players.

Additional details and registration is online.

Program Details

Online Registration
 
  Vol State enjoying Jack City Connection
Vol State enjoying Jack City Connection
7/15/2013
Vol State coaches Johnny Lynn and Jimmy Buckner have found a connection with the Jack City Spring Program that they like, and it is a connection they believe will put them on the path to the NJCAA World Series in St. George, Utah. After advancing to the World Series in 2009, Vol State is anxious to return and is betting their future on a solid group of Jack City girls they worked hard to obtain.

Starting with the graduating class of 2012, Vol State successfully pursued Jacquelyn Roland and Shelby Heath. The Jack City pair, both graduates of Blackman High School, made an immediate impact. As a freshman Roland started 46 games, mostly at short and was among team leaders with a .333 batting average for the season. She was rewarded by being named to the All TCCAA Region team. Heath also made a big splash in her initial season, hitting .349 while compiling a 15-4 record in the circle. She was also named to the All TCCAA Region squad.

Knowing that they were going to find knowledgeable, well coached, and hard working athletes in the Jack City program, Buckner and Lynn again turned their recruiting attention to the 2013 class at Jack City. Early on, they set their sites on a trio of infielders, Sarah Jane Barton, Kaylee Jacobs, and Chelsea Benda. Although these players were being recruited by larger four year schools, Vol State was able to convince each of them to stay in the middle Tennessee area.

But their efforts to pursue additional Jack City players didn't stop after signing Barton, Jacobs, and Benda. By the time the smoke cleared, the coaching duo had convinced another trio of Jack City standouts, Michelle Hunley, Hannah Champion, and Tasia Lewis, to turn down other offers and join their spring teammates at Vol State.

Vol State has hit the talent jackpot. Barton and Jacobs, both Oakland graduates, have played for Team Worth 94 for the past five years in addition to two years in the Jack City Spring Program. Benda, Hunley, and Champion graduated from Blackman and have spent virtually all of their travel careers in the Team Worth organization, in addition to being a part of the Jack City Spring Program. Hunley and Champion have played for Team Worth 93 since the squad was formed. Benda spent several years with both Team Worth 95 and Team Worth 93 before landing with Team Worth 94 last fall. Lewis, an East Literature graduate, joined the Spring Program for her junior year and continues to hone her craft with pitching lessons at Jack City.

We are looking forward to the familiar sight of watching these girls sprint to their respective positions together once again...but this time with Vol State printed across the front of their jerseys.
 
  Champion Headed to Vol State
Champion Headed to Vol State
6/25/2013
A few short weeks ago, Hannah Champion was ready to head to Chattanooga in the fall to begin college at UTC, but a local offer this week has caused her to change directions and stay home in the middle Tennessee area. The talented outfielder has signed to play collegiate softball for Vol State, joining several of her long term teammates from the Jack City Spring Program and her summer travel team, Team Worth 93.

Hannah batted .361 and .402 in her two years with the Spring Program while holding down starting positions in the outfield. She has played for Coach Rickey Hunley for several years during travel ball, including the past four summers with Team Worth 93. Hannah will join fellow Blackman High School graduates and Jack City players Michelle Hunley and Chelsea Benda on the Vol State squad, and the three will be roommates.

Congratulations Hannah!
 
  Lewis to Vol State
Lewis to Vol State
6/24/2013
Tasia Lewis has decided to continue her softball career at Vol State. Although the right handed pitcher had originally decided to attend Fisk University on a softball scholarship, Vol State was able to make her an offer she couldn't refuse.

Tasia is an all District pitcher from East Literature High School, and plays travel ball with the Ridge Runners. She pitched and played outfield and first base for the Jack City Spring Program squads.

Congratulations Tasia
 
  Hunley to Sign
Hunley to Sign
5/15/2013
Michelle Hunley has selected Volunteer State as her choice to continue playing softball at the collegiate level. The senior catcher had a stellar spring season both defensively and at the plate and caught the eye of the Vol State coaches.

Michelle has led Jack City defensively the past two spring seasons, leading all catchers in fielding percentage, and compiled a career .374 batting average over two seasons in the Spring Program. She has also been one of the key leaders on both offensive and defense for her summer/fall travel team, Team Worth 93, for the past five seasons.

Congratulations Michelle!
 
  Jack City Blue Opens with Knockouts
Jack City Blue Opens with Knockouts
3/16/2013
Jack City kicked off their outdoor spring season last weekend in Dalton, Georgia, facing off against the Georgia Knockouts in the season opener. Continuing the pattern the sqaud began to establish last year, Jack City set the tone for the game, and weekend, by scoring a pair of runs in the first inning.
 
In the unfamiliar role as the home team, Jack City made fast work of the Knockouts in the top of the first. Baylee Terranova only eight pitches to retire the side on three routine fly outs. In the bottom half of the inning, Maya Hughes ripped a single into left and stole second. Bethany Jacobs walked and a double steal moved the runners to second and third.. A double Sarah Jane Barton crushed a two out double into left center to score Hughes and Jacobs for a quick 2-0 lead.
 
Terranova surrendered a pair of one out singles in the second but a strikeout and weak ground out to Jacobs at second ended the inning. The Knockout pitcher had a strong inning, retiring three straight Jack City batters. In the third, Terranova was again in cruise control, retiring the side in order on ten pitches, with a strikeout and a pair of ground balls to second and short, but Jack City would again go down 1-2-3 to keep the score at 2-0
 
The Knockouts would finally get on the board in the fourth with a lead off home run. They then added a second run to tie the game after a two out single, a Jack City fielding error, and a double. The unearned run tied the game at 2-2.
 
But Jack City had the answer, and provided it quickly. Leading off the fourth, Barton drove the second pitch over the centerfield fence to retake the lead 3-2. Hannah Champion would later add a single to left, but was unable to score.
 
Knowing the time limit was approaching, Jack City hitters decided to shorten the game with their bats and provide a couple of insurance runs. Griffith started with a single to right and moved to second when Connell followed with another single through the right side. Smith walked to load the bases. Jess Johnson single to center to plate Griffith to make the score 2-0. Hoping to extend the lead, Mays caught the Adrenalin defense off guard with a bases loaded suicide squeeze to score Connell. Three ground ball fielders choices ended the inning, but not before the damage was done as Jack City moved out to a 3-0 lead.
 
As she had done all game, Terranova worked efficiently in the fifth and set the side down in order with three fly balls to preserve the win.
 
Jack City was led by Barton who went 2 for 2 with a two RBI double and a solo home run. Hughes picked up a hit and a run while Jacobs scored and Champion produced the other hit. Terranova (1-0) scattered five hits over five innings, did not have a walk, allowed one earned run and struck out three in the victory.
 
Players of the Game
 

Sarah Jane Barton

2 for 2
3 RBI
Run
Home Run
Double

Baylee Terranova

Win
5 IP
5 IP
2 Runs
1 Earned Run
0 Walks
3 Strikeouts

Maya Hughes

1 for 2
Run
2 Stolen Bases
4 Putouts

 
 
Box Score
 
Jack City AB R H RBI BB SO
Hughes 2 1 1 0 0 0
B. Jacobs 1 1 0 0 1
 
  Silver Squad Tops Outrage
Silver Squad Tops Outrage
3/16/2013
The last time most of the Silver squad players stepped on the field against the Georgia Outrage, the game resulted in one of the most exciting wins of the 2012 spring season. Trailing 4-1 going into the final inning, a strong rally tied the game and sent it into extra innings. Four international tie breaker innings later, Jack City emerged with a 8-7 victory to eliminate the Outrage.
 
Determined to start off strong this time around, Jack City used three hits and an error to put three runs on the board in the bottom of the first. Abi Stephens started the barrage with a double to right and moved to third when Briar Mays singled up the middle and stole second. An error by short on a hard hit ball by Sam Blankenship scored Stephens and Mays.Blankenship advanced to second on the error and later took third on a wild pitch. With two outs Rachel Oliver singled to drive Blankenship home for a 3-0 lead.
 
The Outrage was able to manage a a pair of baserunners in both the first and second innings on two hits and two walks, but Kasey Squires managed both innings well, not allowing runners to advance past second.
 
In the bottom of the second Kayla Rainey reached on an error and advanced to second. Squires helped her cause with a double to left, scoring Rainey. A two out single by Blankenship pushed Squires across the plate to extend the lead to 5-0.
 
In the final inning, the Outrage bats finally came alive, scoring four runs on four runs, but Jack City was able to shut the rally short and keep a 5-4 lead. Kristen Abell entered to pitch with bases loaded and one out with the score 5-3. After a RBI single, Abell was able to get a ground ball to Megan Harris at third for a fielders choice force out and a pop fly to second.
 
In the bottom half of the inning, Jack City hitters tacked on an insurance run when Rachel Oliver hammered a double into right center, moved to third on a single by Abell, and scored when Rainey reached again on an error by short.
 
Oliver was 2 for 2 with a double, and Stephens and Squires each added doubles. Blankenship's two RBI led the squad. Harris, Rainey, and Squires also picked up RBI. Squires (1-0) picked up the win in the circle and Abell earned the save.
 
Players of the Game
 

Rachel Oivler

2 for 2
Double
Run

Kasey Squires

Win
3 Earned Runs
1 for 1
RBI
Run

Kristen Abell

Save
1 IP
1 Hits
0 Runs
0 Earned Runs
1 for 2

 
 
Box Score
 
Jack City AB R H RBI BB SO
Stephens 2 1 1 0 0 0
Mays 2 1 1 0 0 0
Blankenship 2 1 1 2 0 0
Simmons 2 0
 
  Stephens, Abell Lead Silver to Win
Stephens, Abell Lead Silver to Win
3/16/2013
A three for three, two RBI game by Abi Stephens coupled with a three hit, five strikeout performance from Kristen Abell in the circle was enough to propel Jack City Silver into the winner's bracket finals with a 2-1 victory.
 
Stephens drove the first pitch of the game over the right centerfield wall to take a quick 1-0 lead. Jack City threatened later in the inning when Sam Blankenship reached by error and moved to third on a Kaitlyn Simmons double, but the Knockout pitcher was able to record a pop out and strikeout to end the inning without further damage. In the bottom of the first, Megan Harris fielded three consecutive ground balls to retire the side in order.
 
Jack City threatened again in the second but failed to score. Kayla Rainey started with a single. Kasey Squires reached on a fielders choice, retiring Rainey at second. Stephens ripped her second hit of the day, this time a double, but the Knockout pitcher again escaped with minimal damage. The knockouts managed a lead off single and advanced the runner to third on a sacrifice and a ground out to Harris at third, but a harmless dribbler back to Abell in the circle quietly ended the inning.
 
After retiring Jack City in order in the third, the Knockouts were finally able to strike on the offensive end. A lead off single moved to second on yet another ground ball to Harris. After a strikeout, a single up the middle scored the runner to tie the game at 1-1. Abell then struck out the next batter to end the rally.
 
In the fourth, Harris worked a lead off walk. With one out Abell doubled to right, moving Harris to third. Rainey walked to load the bases. With two outs, Stephens again worked her magic. A single to left scored Harris for what would be the game winning hit. Jack City wasn't able to capitalize further and left bases loaded. Up 2-1 Jack City uncharacteristically made back to back ground ball errors with one out to place runners on first and second. Abell stepped up her game and dialed up a pair of strikeouts on six straight pitches to keep the score at 2-1.
 
In the fifth, Kaitlyn Simmons added a single but was unable to advance. Abell notched her fifth strikeout and followed with ground outs to Simmons and Harris to end the game.
 
Abell (1-0) picked up the complete game, three hit win with five strikeouts and no walks. Stephens was 3 for 3 with a home run, double, and a single with two RBI. Simmons was 2 for 3 with a double. Abell also had a double. Harris fielded 7 ground balls at third and scored a run.
 
Players of the Game
 

Abi Stephens

3 for 3
Home Run
Double
2 RBI
Run

Kristen Abell

Win
5 IP
3 Hits
1 Run
1 Earned Runs
5 Strikeouts
0 Walks
1 for 2
Double

Kaitlyn Simmons

2 for 3
Double

 
 
Box Score
 
Jack City AB R H RBI BB SO
Stephens 3 1 3 2 0 0
Mays 3 0 0 0 0 0
Blankenship 3 0
 
  Jack City "Futures" Take St. Louis by Storm
Jack City "Futures" Take St. Louis by Storm
2/11/2013
The Jack City Spring Program started the 2013 season the same way it finished 2012...knocking off the competition and returning to middle Tennessee with Championship hardware.
 
The youngest players in the Spring Program traveled to St. Louis, Missouri to participate in an all night indoor tournament. After finishing undefeated in pool play and earning the top seed, the squad walked off the field at 3:30 AM Sunday morning with another Championship in hand.
 
 
Front Row (L to R): Alexandra Connell, Sam Blankenship, Jess Johnson. Back Row: Abi Stephens, Kaitlyn Simmons, Megan Harris, Briar Mays, Taylor Griffith, Tori Smith, Rachel Oliver.
 
 
  Hill Verbals to Austin Peay
Hill Verbals to Austin Peay
1/22/2013
Jack City standout Alexis Hill has made a verbal commitment to accept a softball scholarship to play at the collegiate level with Austin Peay State University. Alexis saw limited action last spring while rehabbing a severe ankle injury, but managed to amass a .651 batting average with four home runs.

The junior catcher is outstanding defensively behind the plate and at the corners, and she possesses a strong arm. While maintaining a high batting average, she has tremendous power at the plate. Alexis has been a member of Mizuno 96 for several years, playing for Chris Jacobs.

Congratulations Alexis!
 
  Jacobs makes Vol State Trifecta
Jacobs makes Vol State Trifecta
1/20/2013
Kzylee Jacobs is taking her skills to Vol State next fall as she signed a scholarship on Friday. KJ jwill play with fellow Jack City Spring Program and Team Worth 94 teammates Sarah Jane Barton and Chelsea Benda who also signed with Vol State this week.

Jacobs led the Jack City Program in defensive chances from her shortstop position last spring and responded well with a .957 fielding percentage while compiling a .532 batting average. She hit an equally impressive .498 during the fall showcase season.

Congratulations Kaylee!

 
  Barton To Vol State
Barton To Vol State
1/19/2013
Jack City star third baseman signed a scholarship to play collegiate softball with Vol State next fall.

Barton hit .434 last spring with Jack City with a stellar .993 fielding percentage from the hot corner. She was also among the program leaders in RBI, and was outstanding in clutch situations, leading the squad in game winning RBI during the spring. Sarah Jane plays travel ball with Team Worth 94 where she hit .521 during the fall showcase season.

Congratulations Sarah Jane!

 
  Benda Signs with Vol State
Benda Signs with Vol State
1/18/2013
Chelsea Benda signed a scholarship on Friday to continue her softball career with Vol State.

The power hitting right hander is one of the more versatile players in the Jack City Spring Program, logging time at third, first, catcher, second, and in the outfield in addition to time in the circle. Benda hit .394 on the season with a .879 slugging percentage while compiling a .969 fielding percentage. Chelsea is entering her 9th year of competition in the Team Worth organization, spending time with the 93, 94, and 95 squads.

Congratulations Chelsea!

 
  Crumpler to Trevecca
Crumpler to Trevecca
11/20/2012
Jack City standout Kaitlin Crumpler has signed a scholarship to continue her softball career with Trevecca Nazarene University. Coach Ben Tyree will depend upon her big bat as an offensive boost in his lineup.

Kaitlin put up impressive statistics last spring for Jack City. She batted .545 with 6 home runs and compiled g a .871 slugging percentage. Crump was also a defensive leader with a .968 fielding percentage while logging time at third, second, catcher, and in the outfield.

Congratulations Crump!

 
  Gable Signs With Austin Peay
Gable Signs With Austin Peay
11/16/2012
Jack City student Christiana Gable signed a scholarship today to play collegiate softball with Austin Peay State University. The Ezell-Harding senior has been making noise with her bat for many years, leading Team Worth Gable the past three years. As Ezell's ace pitcher, Gable led her squad deep into the playoffs last year while leading the team in home runs and average. Although she also pitches in travel ball, she is primarily a catcher and outfielder and is expected to fill those roles for Austin Peay.

Congratulations Christiana!

 
  Brownlee to Tennessee Temple
Brownlee to Tennessee Temple
11/16/2012
Jack City ace pitcher Savannah Brownlee has signed a National Letter of Intent to receive a softball scholarship to play for Tennessee Temple University beginning in the fall of 2013. She compiled a 14-1 record for Jack City last spring with 4 saves and an outstanding 0.93 ERA. When she wasn't in the circle, Brownlee hit .459 with 3 home runs and had a .984 fielding percentage in the outfield and at third base.

Savannah is entering her 8th year in the Team Worth program, playing with both Team Worth 95 and Team Worth 94. This spring, she will be counted upon as a leader in the Jack City program before moving on to lead the Crusaders as a collegiate player.

Congratulations Savannah!

 
  Whaley to MTSU
Whaley to MTSU
11/15/2012
Austyn Whaley has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Middle Tennessee State University. The talented third baseman earned the District Offensive MVP last spring while leading her Marshall County squad.Blue Raider coach Jeff Breeden is excited about adding her speed, arm, big bat, and aggressive play to their roster.

Austyn played with Team Worth 95 for seven years and will be a great addition to the Blue Raider squad

Congratulations Austyn!

 
  JackCity Awards 2012 Scholarships
JackCity Awards 2012 Scholarships
5/17/2012
Jack City Softball gave three college scholarships to three deserving young women last night at the Spring Program Senior Night ceremonies. Seniors Shelby Heath, Jacquelyn Roland, and Ashley Williams were selected to receive these scholarships for 2012.

The Jack City scholarship fund was created to recognize outstanding players and to help offset the costs associated with obtaining a college degree. Each of these young women have had outstanding softball careers and will continue to play softball at the collegiate level following the conclusion of the Jack City Spring season.

Ashley Williams graduated from Oakland High School and has signed with Motlow State. The speedy outfielder hit .545 this spring for Jack City and was not thrown out in a single steal attempt. She also compiled a .997 fiiellding percentage. She has been a Jack City student for four years and plays select ball for Team Worth 94.
Jacquelyn Roland is a graduate of Blackman High School and has signed to play softball for Vol State. Jaq had an outstanding spring season for Jack City, hitting .474 and was among the program leaders in steals and doubles while compiling a .983 fielding percentage at shortstop. She has spent most of her travel career playing for Team Worth 93 and also spent a season with Team Worth Gable.

Shelby Heath is also a graduate of Blackman High School, and will join Roland at Vol State. The hard throwing right hander was impressive during the spring, compiling a 16-1 record with a stellar 0.48 ERA. Shelby also threw a pair of no hiters and a perfect game. Offensively, she added a pair of home runs and hit .352 on the season. She has played for Team Worth Gable for the past two summers.

 
  Roland Signs Scholarship
Roland Signs Scholarship
1/23/2012
Jacquelyn Roland has signed a full scholarship with Vol State and will be taking her skills in the middle infield to a squad that is one year removed from the NJCAA World Series. Jacquelyn is expected to start at short for Vol State as a freshman.

Jaq had an outstanding spring season for Jack City, hitting .474 and was among the program leaders in steals and doubles while compiling a .983 fielding percentage at shortstop.

Congratulations Jaq

 
  Williams To Motlow
Williams To Motlow
1/23/2012
Ashley Williams has accepted a scholarship offer to play collegiate softball for Motlow State. The speedy Jack City outfielder is an accomplished slapper but has the ability to hit for power as well. She is expected to enter the starting lineup for the Bucks next fall as a freshman.

Williams has been an anchor in the outfield for Team Worth 94 while holding down the lead off spot in the order since the team came into the organization four years ago. Although she saw limited action this spring for Jack City while rehabbing a shoulder injury, she still managed to hit an impressive .545, and was not thrown out on a single stolen base attempt.

Congratulations Ashley!

 
  Heath to Vol State
Heath to Vol State
1/20/2012
Jack City pitcher Shelby Heath recently signed a full scholarship to play softball for Vol State. The hard throwing right hander was impressive during the spring, compiling a 16-1 record with a stellar 0.48 ERA. Shelby also threw a pair of no hiters and a perfect game. Offensively, she added a pair of home runs and hit .352 on the season.

Congratulations Shelby!

 
  Jack City Newsletter
Jack City Newsletter
9/9/2011
We have had a number of requests to renew our popular monthly newletter which is available at no cost.

  • Drills
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  • Recruiting Tips
  • Interviews
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  • Off Season Training Programs
  • Team and Player Features
  • Special Events
  • Instructional Articles
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  • Strategy
  • Coaching Tips
Register for Newsletter

We will begin to publish the newsletter again in October. Past issues will also be made available. Each month you will receive your issue by email with timely tips and information designed to assist coaches, players, and parents in all aspects of the game. Sign up to receive the Newsletter

 
  November Instruction Slots
November Instruction Slots
9/8/2011
All lesson slots are currently full and we are only able to accept waiting list applications at this time. BUT...

We will be opening a number of Saturday slots the second week of November after the completion of fall season. Last year, the winter Saturday slots were completely booked by late September. Slots are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so get your reservation in early.

You may call or email to reserve a Saturday slot or to be placed on the waiting list. We will notify you when an instruction slot becomes available.
 
  Winter Pitching Lane Specials
Winter Pitching Lane Specials
9/7/2011
It's cold and wet, and it's dark by 4:30 in the afternoon. Your winter pitching workout session is limited to your weekly pitching lesson. You don't need more lessons (or the cost) but you know you need more pitching time over the winter.

Jack City has set aside a pitching tunnel (15' x 65') for pitchers like you... at a price you can afford. Just book your time, bring a catcher, and throw all you need to throw - as many days a week as you need. Walk-ins are welcome, but we strongly recommend reservatons. Pitching cage time is allotted on a first come, first serve basis.

Half Hour (30 min) $ 10
10 Session Package $ 8
  ($80)
20 Session Package $ 6
  ($120)
 
  Winter Facility Rental
Winter Facility Rental
9/6/2011
Need an indoor facility for off-season workouts for your team this winter? Jack City has a limited number of time slots available for both teams and individuals.

Single cage (15' x 65')
$10 / half hr
Double cage (30' x 65')
$20 / half hr
Entire facility (45' x 65') $50 / hour

We will also run your practice sessions as a series of mini-clinics for you if you prefer. We will customize the workouts according to your specific needs. Facility rental fee plus $5 per per player.

Book It Now

 
  Alumni Update
Alumni Update
9/1/2011
Caralisa Connell
University of Louisville
 
The right handed ace was named All Big East while compiling a 20-7 record with a 2.20 ERA for the Big East power. Caralisa set the school freshman record for wins and strikeouts and was named to the Big East Pitcher of the Week Honor Roll twice this season in the midst of a run through 12 consecutive victories. She also tossed a one hit shutout in the NCAA Regionals, the first by a freshman in school history.
     
 
Beth Lefler
Birmingham Southern
 
As a starting pitcher, Beth compiled a 10-3 record with a 2.66 ERA in 84.1 innings of work. When she wasn't in the circle, Lefler held down the starting job at first base where she batted .350 with 9 doubles, a triple, and 23 RBI, with an On Base Percentage of .402. Beth was also named to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference All Academic Team
     
 
Danielle Rucker
Birmingham Southern
 
The lefthanded centerfielder led the Panthers to a 25-9 record and the Division Title while amassing a .416 batting average an On Base Percentage of .492, 9th and 7th in the conference respectively, with 8 doubles, 3 triples, 12 steals, and 25 RBI while being named to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team and SCAC All Academic Team
     
 
Kayla Floyd
Tennessee Tech
 
The speedy freshman outfielder has continually improved throughout the season. Kayla earned her first career start against the University of Kentucky during mid-April and locked down the right field position for the remainder of the season. She was named the Tech Freshman of the Year and Most Improved Player while compiling a team best .389 batting average.
 
  Winter Camps and Clinics
Winter Camps and Clinics
8/31/2011
Jack City will release the full schedule of winter camps and clinics on October 15th. Please make sure you check the Camps and Clinics page on this site for up to date information on our Winter Camps and Clinics.

If you would like to be notified when our clinics are announced, send us an email or register to receive the Jack City Newsletter.

 
  Lease Renewed
Lease Renewed
8/25/2011
Jack City has renewed its lease for another three years and will continue to occupy the 4100 square foot facility in Smyrna near Square D. The facility has served us well for the past three years and is a central location for the majority of our students. Although there will be an increase in facility leasing rates, we are committed to keep our prices as low as possible and refrain from raising the cost for individual lessons. We would like to thank all of you for supporting Jack City and continuing to allow us to experience success.
 
  Spring 2012 Registration Open
Spring 2012 Registration Open
6/13/2011
Registration for the 2012 Spring Development and Exposure League for high school aged players is now open. The online registration form is available here. Additional information about the Program will be made available throughout this week. Please feel free to contact us by email with questions.
 
  Spring Program Flyer Available
Spring Program Flyer Available
6/13/2011
The information overview flyer for the 2012 Spring High School Player Development and College Exposure Program is now available online in PDF format.
 
   
 
     
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