It was a busy and successful week for the Jordan softball team.
The Jaguars played six games in the past week and ended the week by winning the final three games.
The latest win came Monday when the Jaguars defeated Belle Plaine 5-0 in Belle Plaine.
Claire Johnson dominated on the mound for the Jaguars as she gave up just four hits in seven innings to pitch the shutout. The Tigers had only one runner get past first base in the game and that came in the sixth inning.
Jordan got all the runs it needed in the first inning when Rebecca Melin hit a two-run home run for a 2-0 lead. They tacked on single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to get the 5-0 win.
Prior to beating Belle Plaine, Jordan played in the Benilde-St. Margaret’s tournament on Saturday and finished in third place. They opened the tournament with a tough 11-9 loss to Waconia when the Wildcats scored 10 runs in the fourth inning to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 11-3 lead.
Jordan responded with a home run from Julia Plechaty in the bottom of the fourth inning and five runs in the fifth to cut it to 11-9.
They had runners on second and third in the sixth inning and the bases loaded in the seventh but couldn’t score.
Despite that tough loss, Jordan bounced back to win its next two games to claim third place in the tournament. They faced Barnum in the second game and won 7-6 in eight innings when the Jaguars scored three runs in the seventh to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Melin drove in Makenna Johnson with a two-out single. Myah Briese followed that up with a two-run home run to tie the game at 6-6 and send it to the eighth inning. Brooklynn Bedney led the inning off with a bunt single and advanced to second on Plecahty’s bunt.
Two passed balls later and Bedney touched home plate to give Jordan the 7-6 win.
Jordan captured third place by pounding St. Louis Park 18-3. Jordan scored three runs in the first, seven runs in the fourth and seven more in the seventh to win going away.
The Jaguars hit three home runs in the win. Dalton hit a solo shot in the third inning and a two-run homer in the seventh. Nicole Mazanec hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to put the score at 18-3.
Jordan pounded out 24 hits in the win with Makenna Johnson, Dalton, Claire Johnson all getting four hits and Briese collecting three. Makenna Johnson earned the win on the mound by giving up seven hits in seven innings of pitching.
Briese and Claire Johnson were named to the All-Tournament team. Briese finished the tournament by going 8 for 13 with five runs scored and four RBIs. Claire Johnson also went 8 for 13 with three runs scored and four RBIs and was the winner against Barnum going eight innings and striking out eight.
Makenna Johnson also had a strong tournament by going 8 for 13 and getting the win in the third place game.
Prior to the tournament, Jordan lost a 9-1 game to Tri-City United last Friday night and lost 8-6 to Norwood-Young America on Tuesday, May 7.