JACKSON - The Jackson Ironladies softball team continued its impressive play with an 11-1 victory in five innings over Miami Trace in a Frontier Athletic Conference matchup at home on Wednesday.
The win marked the fifth in a row for the Ironladies, who improved to 4-0 in FAC play.
Sydney Humphreys picked up the victory, as she faced only four batters over the minimum in a complete-game effort. The left-handed junior gave up an unearned run while scattering just two hits and struck out four Lady Panthers. She also helped herself out at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a RBI and scored a pair of runs.
Through its first six games, Jackson has a team batting average of .467 with 85 runs scored on 91 hits, including 16 doubles, three triples and an impressive 21 home runs with an .887 slugging percentage. The Ironladies have drawn only 13 walks and have 11 stolen bases with a .502 on-base percentage.
With 18 home runs coming into Wednesday's contest, Jackson hit three more homers, including one each by Mariah Ridgeway, Jordan Banks, and Kylee Bako.
Banks is having a phenomenal senior season with a .545 batting average, including 17 runs-batted-in, and six home runs. She is currently second on the team for the most home runs behind fellow senior Raylene Hammond, who has seven.
Ridgeway, who has the highest batting average (.727) on the team, has three home runs and 12 RBI. She is currently tied with Bako, who also has three home runs with 12 runs-batted-in for Jackson.
Bako had one of her better games at the plate on Wednesday with a home run, including three RBI and two runs scored for Jackson. She finished the game 3-for-3 at the plate.
The Ironladies got things started early, beginning with Banks' RBI ground out in the bottom of the first inning. Mackenzie Humphreys and Sydney Humphreys drove in two more runs in the second inning for a 3-0 lead.
After Miami Trace added a run in the top of the third inning, Banks extended Jackson's advantage with a solo home run to left to lead off the bottom of the third.
Then the Ironladies added six runs in the fourth to put the game out of contention, highlighted by a two-run home run by Ridgeway and a three-run homer by Bako.
Haley Patterson set the mercy-rule into effect thus ending the game with a RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring Banks, who reached on a fielder's choice.
The Ironladies returned to FAC competition on Friday against Chillicothe at home. They will compete in the Spring Showcase in Akron on Saturday before returning to FAC play at Greenfield-McClain on Monday and a non-league contest at Wellston on Tuesday.