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  Silver Squad Tops Outrage
Silver Squad Tops Outrage
Jack City holds off late rally for win
 
March-16-13

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
   
 
  22nd Annual Jack City FREE Fundamentals Clinic
22nd Annual Jack City FREE Fundamentals Clinic
Registration for the 22nd Annual Free Fundamentals Clinic is now open.
 
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.
 
 
  NEW! Jack City Middle School Spring Program
NEW! Jack City Middle School Spring Program
2014 Spring Registration Now Open!
 
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
2014 Online Registration
 
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.
 
 
  Jack City Blue Opens with Knockouts
Jack City Blue Opens with Knockouts
Sarah Jane Barton goes yard in 2013 outdoor season opener
 
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
Jack City holds off late rally for win
 
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
Stephens explodes at the plate
 
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
The spring season started with a roar as the youngest Jack City stars swept the St. Louis Indoor Championship.
 
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.
 
 
 
   
 
     
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