The Chester High School Lady Jackets are still in pursuit of that elusive first win. Coming into the week of April 2-3 the Jackets were winless at 0-3. CHS had two games that week, one Tuesday April 2 at Red Bud and the other Wednesday April 3 at home against Dupo. Chester failed to secure a win and ended the week with a record of 0-5.
Red Bud 9; CHS 3
On April 2 at Red Bud the Lady Musketeers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Both teams scored in the second and in the bottom of both the third and fourth innings the Musketeers added two runs each and led, 7-1 after four innings.
Neither team scored in the fifth. Both Chester (1) and Red Bud (2) scored in the sixth. Red Bud increased its lead to 9-2 after six innings. In the top of the seventh, the Jackets scored one run, but it was not enough.
In the loss, Chester used Shea Petrowske on the mound for four innings and Carlee Weir for the last two. Petrowske gave up 10 hits and seven runs, six of which were earned. She walked one Musketeer and struck out four. Weir, meanwhile, gave up three hits and two runs, both earned. She also had one walk.
Red Bud's Bailey Montroy pitched the entire six innings, giving up nine hits, three runs and two walks. She struck out four.
CHS was led at the plate by Taryn Baker who as 2-3 with one RBI. Kaylee James was 2-4 with one RBI and Carlee Weir was 2-4 with one RBI. Rounding out the Lady Jacket attack was Ryn Petrowske who went 2-4 at the plate.
The Red Bud bats were led by Callie Todero who was 3-4 with a home run. Nicole Allen went 2-4 with a home run.
Dupo 1; CHS 0
The next night Chester hosted Dupo at the Cohen Recreation Complex in Chester. The Lady Jackets held Lady Tigers to just one run, but it was enough to beat the scoreless Jackets, 1-0.
In the loss Chester's Carlee Weir and Dupo's Reagan Carner battled it out on the mound for the entire seven innings. Weir gave up four hits and one run. That one run was earned. Weir walked three, but struck out seven Lady Tigers.
Carner gave up five Chester hits, however, the Jackets could not score. Carner walked one Lady Jacket and struck out five.
The game was a defensive battle with neither team scoring during the first two innings. Dupo managed one run in the bottom of the third -- on Carner's home run -- but Chester would shut them down the rest of the game.
Chester Coach Tracy Colvis said even in losing, the Lady Jackets played better.
"Our defense was good and Carlee pitched a great game," she said. "We just couldn't get a run across the board. We had runners on 3rd three different times and we couldn't string our hits to score a run."
Still, she said the loss still had a lot of positives, and we will hopefully carry them over to next week and continually keep getting better and better!"