The Gloucester High School varsity girls improved to 9-0 overall and 8-0 in Peninsula District softball standings with a six-run shutout over visiting Woodside on Tuesday. The Dukes remain the only undefeated team in the district, just ahead of Menchville at 6-1. Six of Gloucester’s nine wins have been by shutout.
Makayla Jenkins was in complete control on the mound against the Wolverines, giving up only three hits including two to the infield. She struck out 11 batters with no walks and allowed only two runners to reach second base.
The game stood scoreless going into the top of the sixth inning when Woodside put the lead-off hitter on base with an infield single. A sacrifice bunt moved her to second with one out. Jenkins wiggled out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Jillian Everett and Jenkins reached base on consecutive errors and Kasey Von Engle walked to load the bases. Ashley Williams then singled to left field to score Everett and Mackenzie Green, who was running for Jenkins, to make it 2-0.
Colleen Lemay followed with a ground out to score Von Engle and Gabby Zarichny hit a single to score Williams and stretch the lead to 4-0. Later in the inning, Amber Cook, who had two hits, tripled to bring Zarichny and Hannah Joyce home to make it 6-0. Jenkins closed out the game with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout.