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NORTH JACKSON OH- In the heart of Jackson Milton’s softball lineup and the core of their diamond, senior Macayle Thornhill stands as a towering figure, both a leader and a powerhouse. With a mix of grit and grace, Thornhill has steered a young Blue Jays squad to a remarkable season, culminating in a hard-fought district runner-up trophy. Her influence extends beyond mere performance; it’s about setting a tone, a standard that has lifted her team to new heights.

In the circle, Thornhill is nothing short of dominant. Throughout the season, she’s relentlessly honed her skills, throwing a whopping 67.1 innings with a stellar 7-1 record. Her stat line dazzles with 69 strikeouts against just 10 walks, boasting an impressive 1.87 ERA. Macayle’s dedication to perfecting her pitches and mastering the circle has made her a formidable force, one that opponents have learned to both respect and fear.

But Thornhill isn’t just a star pitcher; she’s equally lethal with a bat in her hands. This season, she’s been smashing the ball at a .441 average, cracking 7 doubles and driving in 16 runs. With an on-base percentage of .500, Macayle is a constant threat, turning games with her powerful swings and clutch performances.

Next chapter of her softball career is set to unfold at Washington & Jefferson, where she’ll no doubt continue to evolve, pushing her limits and setting new benchmarks. This move isn’t just a step up; it’s a leap into a future filled with potential and promise.

Thornhill’s legacy at Jackson Milton is etched not just in the record books but in the ethos of the Blue Jays’ softball program. Her leadership has been a catalyst for growth, instilling a belief and a fighting spirit that will undoubtedly influence the team for years to come. As Macayle Thornhill moves on to college ball, she leaves behind a legacy of determination and excellence that will continue to inspire and guide the future of Jackson Milton softball.

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BRISTOL OH- Jackson Milton sailed past Bristol with a solid 6-1 victory in the Sectional Finals this Thursday.

The Blue Jays got things rolling right off the bat when Dominic Krol tagged up and dashed home to light up the scoreboard first. Ronald Imhoff’s groundout pulled Bristol even in the blink of an eye at the bottom of the first, but that tie was short-lived.

Top of the second, Krol smacked a single that brought another run home, pushing Jackson Milton ahead 2-1. That lead only grew as the game unfolded.

On the mound, Diesel Williams was dealing for Bristol, giving up eight hits and three runs in his four-inning stint, striking out two. Landon Workman took the hill for the Blue Jays, keeping it tight with just three hits and one run allowed across a full seven innings, adding six Ks to his stats.

Imhoff was the lone spark for Bristol, knocking in their only run and going 1-for-3 at the plate. Kohler and Burbach managed to snag a hit each in an otherwise quiet game for Bristol.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays’ bats were on fire, racking up 12 hits. Krol was unstoppable, going 4-for-4 and setting the tone at the top of the order. Alex Rotuna also had a good day with the bat, picking up two hits in three attempts. Defensively, Jackson Milton was sharp, turning a crucial double play to keep their lead intact.

Jackson Milton advances to the District Semifinals where they’ll meet familiar foe Mineral Ridge. That game is set for Tuesday in Niles with a 5:00 first pitch.


KINSMAN OH- Grace Johns had herself a day with three hits in four at-bats, but it wasn’t enough as Jackson-Milton fell to Canton Central Catholic 19-9 in a slugfest of a district championship on Wednesday. Johns kept the hits coming, lining singles in the third, fourth, and fifth innings.

Though they lost, Jackson-Milton did rack up 13 hits in this high-octane game. Canton Central Catholic wasn’t sitting back either, pounding out 16 hits on their march to victory.

The Crusaders blasted off right from the start, with Presley Trovich hammering an inside-the-park homer in the first inning for two runs, followed by a crafty steal of home. They didn’t let up, tacking on more runs in the second through Baylor Grant’s RBI single and a couple of Jackson-Milton errors that let in two more runs.

The big blow came in the seventh when Canton Central piled on seven runs. The inning featured clutch hits from Trovich and Grant, and a key double from Mae Axline.

Violet Ellerbrock snagged the win for Canton Central, handling nine runs over seven innings, while Jackson-Milton’s bullpen struggled, with Brena McBeth and starter Macayla Thornhill both surrendering multiple runs.

For Jackson-Milton, alongside Johns, Gabby Kerr also shined with three hits. The team showed fight but couldn’t contain Canton Central’s aggressive offense, which saw Trovich lead with four hits and three RBIs.


In a pitcher’s duel on Monday, Jackson-Milton pulled off an exciting 3-1 upset over McDonald in the district semifinals. Macayla Thornhill went the distance for Jackson-Milton, delivering a stellar performance from the circle.

McDonald initially took the lead in the first inning due to a defensive slip-up by Jackson-Milton. However, Ivy McBeth leveled the score in the fourth with a clutch double, setting the stage for a tight finish.

The game remained knotted until the sixth, when Brena McBeth ripped another double to break the tie and put Jackson-Milton ahead. A slick double play later in the inning widened the gap to 3-1, giving Jackson-Milton some breathing room.

Thornhill claimed the win, allowing just two hits and one unearned run across seven innings, striking out four and walking three. On the other side, Isabella O’Brien shouldered the loss for McDonald despite a strong outing with 12 strikeouts over seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits.

The McBeth duo was dynamic at the plate, each snagging two hits and driving in a run, proving tough for McDonald to handle. Both teams flashed some leather too, with each turning a critical double play.

With this win, Jackson-Milton is set to face Canton Central Catholic in Wednesday’s district championship at Badger, starting at 5:00 PM. It’s shaping up to be a showdown you won’t want to miss!


NORTH JACKSON OH- Jackson-Milton clinched the sectional finals with a decisive 8-3 victory over the Cardinal Huskies on Wednesday. They turned the game around in the second inning, racking up five runs to seize a 5-1 advantage. Emma Johns delivered a clutch two-run double that really blew the inning wide open.

Macayla Thornhill was solid in the circle, letting through just three runs on seven hits across the full seven innings, and bagging five strikeouts along the way.

At the bat, Jackson-Milton was on fire, hammering out 12 hits. Maggie Simkins and Thornhill led the charge with three hits apiece, while Johns, stepping up as shortstop, knocked in two crucial runs. Ivy McBeth and Gabby Kerr also put in strong performances, adding multiple hits to the team’s tally.

With this win, Jackson-Milton sets up a thrilling district semifinals showdown against MVAC champs McDonald. The rematch promises to be a nail-biter and is scheduled for Monday at 4:00 PM in Badger.


MCDONALD OH- In a tense pitcher’s duel on Monday, McDonald softball went head-to-head with Jackson Milton, narrowly coming out on top with a hard-fought 2-0 victory.

The game was a true battle of the pitchers, with both teams struggling to generate offense against stellar pitching performances. McDonald managed to break through in the third inning, as Isabella O’Brien came up clutch with a timely hit, driving in 2 runs to give McDonald the lead. O’Brien finished the game 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs, while Lauren O’Leary and Miley Titus each contributed with a hit and a run scored.

In the circle, O’Brien was lights out for McDonald, pitching a complete game gem. She allowed just 1 hit, while striking out an impressive 17 batters to shut down the Jackson Milton offense.

Despite the loss, Grace Johns managed to gather the only hit of the day for Jackson Milton, highlighting the difficulty of facing O’Brien’s dominant pitching.

On the pitching side for Jackson Milton, Brena McBeth put up a valiant effort, going 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, and striking out 5 batters. However, McDonald’s offense managed to capitalize on their opportunities to secure the win.


LOWELLVILLE OH- Jackson Milton showed their resilience and determination on Thursday night, digging deep into their energy tanks to sweep a doubleheader against Lowellville. They secured a narrow 7-6 victory in Game 1 and followed it up with a convincing 13-4 win in Game 2.

In Game 1, Jackson Milton’s offense was led by Ivy McBeth and Brena McBeth, each going 2 for 3 at the plate. Ivy contributed 2 RBI and a run scored, while Brena added 1 RBI and scored twice. Tiffany Tingler and Gabby Kerr also contributed with hits and RBIs. Brena McBeth was stellar in the circle, pitching 6 strong innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 7 hits while striking out 11.

In Game 2, Jackson Milton’s offense continued to shine, with Gabby Kerr, Maggie Simkins, and Grace Johns each collecting multiple hits and RBIs. Kerr had 2 RBI, Simkins drove in 3 runs and scored 3 times, and Johns contributed with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Brena McBeth also added an RBI and scored twice. Macayle Thornhill pitched 5 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits while striking out 7.


NORTH JACKSON OH- McDonald took another step closer to the MVAC title on Wednesday, defeating Jackson Milton 4-0 and now standing just one win away from clinching a share of the crown, and two wins from the outright championship.

The McDonald offense got things going early, with Lauren O’Leary leading the charge, driving in 3 crucial runs. Isabella O’Brien went 3 for 4 at the plate, while Miley Titus scored twice on her 2 for 4 performance. Jenna Helco and Kayla Helco also contributed to the scoring, each crossing the plate once.

On the mound, O’Brien was lights out, pitching a complete game shutout and allowing only 1 hit while striking out an impressive 14 batters.

For Jackson Milton, Macayle Thornhill managed a double for the lone hit of the game.

Thornhill pitched well for Jackson Milton, going the distance and allowing 3 earned runs on 11 hits while striking out 7 batters.


NEW MIDDKETOWN OH- Springfield left no doubt on Tuesday, cruising to an 11-1 victory over Jackson Milton to complete the season sweep.

Springfield’s offense was firing on all cylinders, with Parker Dobson leading the charge, going 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Kolten Ruark and Ryan Maughan each contributed 3 hits, with Ruark adding 2 RBI and a run scored, while Maughan walked once, scored twice, and had a perfect 3 for 3 night at the plate. Liam Wylie made the most of his 1 at-bat, driving in 2 runs and crossing the plate twice. Noah Troggio also had a big game, going 2 for 3 with 3 RBI and a run scored.

On the mound, Wylie picked up the win with 3 solid innings, allowing just 1 hit and no earned runs while striking out 3. Ruark pitched 2 innings in relief, giving up 1 run on 1 hit and striking out 2.

For Jackson Milton, Landon Workman drove in their lone run of the game, while Alex Rotuna and Blake Hochebdoner each had a hit.


NEW MIDDLETOWN OH- Jackson Milton had no trouble on Tuesday as they rolled over Springfield with a commanding 12-4 victory.

The Jackson Milton offense was firing on all cylinders, led by Brena McBeth’s stellar performance. McBeth went a perfect 5 for 5 at the plate, driving in an impressive 5 RBIs and scoring 2 runs herself. Macayle Thornhill added to the offensive onslaught with 3 hits and 2 RBIs, while Gabby Kerr contributed with 2 hits and 3 RBIs. Jayla Barlow also had a strong showing with 4 hits.

In the circle, McBeth was equally dominant, pitching a complete game gem. She allowed just 1 hit and 1 earned run while striking out an impressive 15 batters.

Springfield’s offense struggled to get going, with Zoe Douglas scoring a run and Olivia Allen driving in 2 RBIs. Gracie Maldonado drew 2 walks and scored a run as well.