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Jets rout Cougars for fourth straight win

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 Hauser continued its hot hitting at the plate by pounding out 10 hits to cruise past host South Decatur 13-2 in five innings.

The win was the Jets’ fourth in a row after starting the season 0-3.

“We hustled, and gave a lot of effort on the field today,” Hauser coach Craig Sims said. “They played and communicated well together as a team.”

“I think we played decent out there,” said South Decatur coach Lisa Huff, whose Cougars (0-4) registered five hits.

“We put the ball in play and have been hitting the ball well as of late,” Huff said. “The only problem was that we left way too many runners stranded once we got some initial hits.

“We have been struggling this season with our defense,” she said. “After the first inning, though, we came around and got some great outs on our bunting coverage. Overall, the defense improved as the game went on.”

South Decatur committed four errors, which allowed the Jets to score five runs in the first inning.

In the second inning, however, the bats got going for Hauser. Leslie Sims led off with a single, followed by an RBI double by Erynn Shaw. Hailey Lange and Abby Kidwell then hit consecutive RBI singles. Sidney Giles hit an RBI double as well to cap off a four-run second inning.

“Those first two innings hurt us the most,” Huff said. “We made a lot of mistakes, especially in that first inning, where we could have escaped that inning by only allowing one run.”

Even though it was a great offensive showing for the Jets, starting pitcher Sidney Giles pitched two shutout innings and allowed only three hits and two walks, while striking out four.

“Sidney has shown much improvement and has only got better as the season went on,” Craig Sims said. “We have been working with her on hitting her spots, and hopefully, we will get her where we want her to be near the end of the season.”

“I think I pitched fairly well tonight,” Giles said. “I threw the ball where I wanted it too, and my teammates made some great plays on defense.”

Once Giles was relieved in the third inning by Kali Shoemacher, the Cougars produced their only offense of the night. Julia Miller hit an RBI double, and Brittany Koors had an RBI groundout.

After South Decatur scored twice in the bottom of the third, Hauser put up another run in the fourth inning and won the game early by virtue of the 10-run rule.

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