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Fatima gets Shelled

A lengthy layoff can be detrimental to a baseball team.

The Jefferson City Jays didn’t seem affected by it Thursday.

In their first game back from a week off, the Jays belted five home runs, including a grand slam by Johnny Richert, en route to a 15-4 win in five innings over the Fatima Comets.

“We had a good week of practice,” Jays coach Brian Ash said. “Even though we were limited on what we could do, we were able to really focus on the hitting part of the game and it showed today.”

The Jays (13-4) scored 15 unanswered runs after the Comets (10-4) grabbed a 4-0 lead after the first inning.

Patrick Schnieders put the Comets on the board by taking Connor Arcobasso’s first pitch of the game over the left-field wall.

“We knew coming into the game that they are a fastball-hitting team,” Ash said. “Arcobasso left that one up and that generated a little bit of excitement on their part.”

Brent Luebbering drove in a run with a single to give Fatima a 2-0 lead before Dylan Bartlett followed with a two-run shot to center.

“They came out and gave us a 1-2 punch early and kind of got us back on our heels,” Ash said. “But we didn’t panic.”

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