On Tuesday the Lady Jackets traveled to Auburndale High School to face the Bloodhounds.
Auburndale has been one of the better hitting teams the last few years and the Jackets knew they would be in for a battle.
Bartow got things started in the top of the first as Cheyenne Blaha reached on a single, Tonee Fabrizi reached on a fielder’s choice then Lexi Sims lined one down the rightfield line to score Blaha and give the Jackets a 1-0 lead.
The Jackets added two more in the second and looked like they were ready for the challenge.
Stefani Walls walked and Chelsea King reached on an error, then Brianah Green drove in Walls and Blaha drove in King giving the Bugs a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Bloodhounds came alive as Huggins and Middlebrook reached on singles, then Sheffield drove in Huggins making it 3-1.
The Hounds took the lead in the sixth as they plated four more runs giving them a 5-3 lead, which would be the final score.
Bartow could only manage one more hit in the last four innings. Bartow had five hits while Auburndale had nine hits. The losing pitcher was Lauren West.
Bartow opens District play on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against the winner of George Jenkins and Ridge at Lake Region High School. The finals are Thursday at 7 p.m. The top two teams advance in the state playoffs.