Lady Wildcats split games in Columbia 4-3, 10-6

Tullahoma’s Jenna Jones pitches in the season opener against Warren County. Jones notched a win on Monday night in Columbia. –Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

On Tuesday, the Tullahoma High School softball team learned that Jenna Jones was selected to take part in the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association All-Star Game this past Thursday.

Jones was the lone Lady Wildcat to make it on to the Middle Tennessee All-Star Team. During her senior season this past year, Jones was a two-way player for Tullahoma, having a solid year pitching and from the plate as well.

“I am ecstatic to be able to play with such a select group of girls from Middle Tennessee,” Jones said. “It was an honor to just be nominated, but to be chosen to actually play is a huge opportunity for me. I have to say thanks to [Tullahoma] Coach [Gary] Barfield, and all the coaches throughout my career, for always pushing me to work hard.

“To me, there is always room for improvement and coaches to learn something new from, so I am excited to see what I can learn.”

In 16 appearances in the circle, Jones compiled a 9-5 record for the Lady Wildcats this past year. In 93.1 innings pitched, the right-hander surrendered just 20 earned runs, for an ERA of 1.50 on the season. She struck out 98 batters on the season, and even recorded a save, while tossing two shutouts.

From the plate, Jones batted .279, collecting 24 hits, including five doubles and a triple, in her 86 at-bats. She also scored 14 runs on the year, while driving in nine RBI.

“She was great for us in the circle and she was a very consistent hitter for us,” said THS Head Coach Gary Barfield. “That last half of the year, she was great for us. She’s just a great two-way player. It’s a tribute to hear to be playing in this all-star game and it’s really well deserved.”

Before her senior season got underway, Jones had already signed her letter of intent to continue her softball career. In February, Jones signed with Vol State in Gallatin.