Girls Varsity Softball · Jenkins Rolls into Regional Semifinal

LAKELAND — Usually a 13-0 regional quarterfinal softball win is something to celebrate.

At George Jenkins, it might be something to be concerned about.

The Eagles, who improved to 22-5, had little trouble dispatching Royal Palm Beach Wednesday night, but will have to wait and see the status of their pitching ace Reagan More, who left the game after her second single in as many innings.

She limped gingerly to first after her second-inning hit, was removed from the game and did not return. In the circle, More retired all six batters she faced, striking out the first five.

More first injured her back in a district-clinching playoff win over Bartow last week, according to Eagles coach Jeff Lang.

“We don’t know how she hurt it. I didn’t even realize it until the fifth inning and she’s laying on the ground stretching. She pitched all game, so we’ve rested her and went to a chiropractor and they told her she’d be good. I totally left it up to her whether she could pitch,” Lang said. “It’s nothing structural or anything like that. She’s a tough kid. I think she’ll be fine. We’ve got six days so I think we’ve got a fighting chance.”

Emily Cornelius pitched the final three frames in relief, giving up two Royal Palm Beach hits and striking out one, as the Wildcats finished their year at 5-15.

“Emily does a great job. She could pitch No. 1 for a lot of teams. Emily Cornelius could pitch for a lot of people,” Lang added. “I hope for our sake and the girl’s sake that (More) is well. If she’s not, we’ll go out there with Emily and do our best. We just have to play defense behind her. That’s why the other 13 girls have to do their part.”

Seven of the nine Jenkins starters drove in runs, led by Madelyn Graham, who had three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run double in the Eagles’ seven-run second inning. Delaney Asbury also ripped a two-run double in the frame and added a two-run single in the four-run fourth. Brooklyn Cardona had two singles and two runs scored.

George Jenkins will host Wellington in a Class 8A, Region 3 semi-final game next Tuesday. Wellington beat Bartow, 6-1, Wednesday night.