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Cougars, Lady Cavs shine on




Brooke Webb fired a softball from second base during a win by the Lady Cavaliers last week. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

Brooke Webb fired a softball from second base during a win by the Lady Cavaliers last week. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

The Letcher County Central Cougars baseball team returns to action today after winning three more games last week to improve its season record to 10-2. After playing host to East Ridge High School at 5 p.m. today (Wednesday), the Cougars will visit Pound High School tomorrow for a 6 p.m. game against the Wildcats.

On Friday and Saturday, the Cougars will be in Richmond for the Tomahawk Classic at Madison Central High School. After playing Lexington Lafayette at 8 p.m. on Friday, Letcher Central will take on Madison Central at 10 a.m. on Saturday. A 1 p.m. game against Madison Southern is also the Cougars’ schedule for Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Jenkins Cavaliers baseball team appears to have turned the corner after a slow start. Monday’s 7-3 win over Wolfe County in the 14th Region All “A” Classic improved the Cavs’ record to 4-7 on the year and earned them the right to advance in the tourney to play Jackson City last night.

On Thursday, the Cavaliers are scheduled to be in Hindman at 6 p.m. to take on the Knott County Central Patriots. On Friday, the Cavaliers will visit Paintsville to play the Tigers in the opening round of the Tiger Classic at 6 p.m. The Cavs will play Morgan County in the same event on Saturday afternoon at 12:30.

In girls’ fast-pitch softball, meanwhile, the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers showed why they are a team to be reckoned with in the 14th Region All “A” Tournament with Monday’s 25-0 pasting of Riverside Christian of Breathitt County. The win enabled the Lady Cavs to advance in the tourney to play Wolfe County last night.

After hosting Hazard at 1 p.m. on Saturday, the Lady Cavs will next see action on Monday at Knott Central at 5:30 p.m., then return home the next day to play Pikeville at 6 p.m.

After falling to a record of 3- 1 after a loss to Jenkins last week, Letcher Central’s April 14 game against Cumberland was rescheduled for May 12. After playing Knott Central last night (Tuesday), the Lady Cougars were scheduled to travel to Powell County on Saturday for three games – against Johnson Central, Perry Central and team to be announced – in the Tanner Classic.

Boys’ Baseball

Letcher Central 3

Montgomery Co. 2

The Cougars took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the first in this April 12 game on a walk and a fielder’s choice that scored Chase Adams and Colton Cook respectively. Montgomery’s Terry Combs tied the game with a solo homerun to lead off the second inning.

The Cougars answered in the fourth inning, however, retaking the lead 3-2 when Mike Watts singled and scored on a Colton Cook hit. Montgomery County could muster only two more hits against the Letcher Central pitchers. The LCC offense had four hits on the day. Colton Cook had two singles, while teammates Mike Watts and Tyler Dixon each had one hit. Cook, Watts, and Chase Adams scored runs, while Cook, McKenzie Smith, and Aaron Wright had runs batted in.

Letcher Central 13

Cordia 1 (5 Innings)

The Cordia Lions scored a run in the bottom of the first inning in this April 10 game, but that was no match for the four runs the Cougars had already scored in the top half of the first. Each of the Cougars’ nine batters and/ or their subs scored in the game, with eight of those run coming in the top of the fifth. McKenzie Smith belted a two run homer in the top of the first inning and Colton Cook hit a solo homerun in the third.

Letcher Central 14

Leslie Co. 0 (5 Innings)

The Cougars put on an offensive clinic in Hyden on April 8 when they pounded host Leslie County 14-0 just one day after a close game with Hazard. Chase Adams and Colton Cook scored three runs apiece and combined for four hits in the first three innings. There was a slew of offensive accomplishments in addition to those by Adams and Cook, including a three run homer by Nathan Adams in the top of the third.

Lincoln Co. 5, Jenkins 2

Wayne Co. 2, Jenkins 0

The Cavaliers traveled to Lincoln County over the weekend to compete in the Bo Upton Classic. In the first game against the host school, the Cavs could muster only one hit, a single by Justin Hunsucker, but capitalized on several Lincoln County errors to put two runs across the plate. Hunsucker and teammate Chris Puckett represented the two Jenkins runs.

In the second game, Wayne County scored two runs in the third inning, which was all that was needed to blank the Cavaliers 2-0. Cavalier Josh Gross had two singles in the game and teammates Chris Puckett and Matt Gross each had singles.

Jenkins 14

South Floyd 1 (5 Innings)

Each of the first seven men in the Jenkins lineup scored in the first inning in the Cavaliers’ rout of home team South Floyd on April 9. The Cavaliers scored 14 runs on just two hits during the entire game. This can be credited to the 13 walks issued by the South Floyd pitchers. Jenkins pitchers Nathaniel Wilder and Eric Grimm combined for the one-hitter.

Girls’ Fast-Pitch Softball

Jenkins 25

Riverside Christian 0

In the opening round of the All “A” Softball Tournament, the Lady Cavs were the visiting team on their home field as they faced Riverside Christian Monday on a cold, drizzly evening.

The Lady Cavs burst out for 12 runs in the first inning on nine hits and three walks, including a homer by Tazia Hall. The Lady Cavs tacked on another 13 runs in the second.

Jenkins pitcher Rachel Thacker came away with the perfect game, striking out six of the nine batters that Riverside sent to the plate.

Jenkins 4

Letcher Central 1

The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers and the Letcher Central Lady Cougars met for the first time this season at the county park in Whitesburg.

Jenkins struck early, scoring two runs in the first when Whitney Gibson drove a long single to score Allie Goff and Emily Walker. The Lady Cougars answered with their only run of the game in the bottom of the first when Chloe Wynn singled and scored on Courtney Johnson’s single (one of two hits Johnson had to go with an RBI).

After having trouble timing the pitches of LCC freshman Adiah Cook, who kept her Lady Cougars in the game with five strikeouts, the Lady Cavs came back to score two more runs in the fourth on the back of speedy Kayla Stambaugh’s triple to open their lead and go on to win 4-1.

Allie Goff had a big game for Jenkins, going 4-4 with four singles, a run scored and an RBI. Emily Walker, Whitney Gibson, and Brooke Webb also singled. Jenkins pitcher Rachel Thacker struck out three batters while giving up four hits and only one walk.

Lisa Frazier also had a single for Letcher Central, while Shantayia Kiser drew the only walk for the Lady Cougars.

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