The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers softball team began their 2009 campaign with a disappointing loss on the road to Pikeville Monday evening.
The defending 53rd District champions and 14th Region runners-up took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning before the Lady Panthers began their offensive assult, scoring three in the fifth and another in the 6th.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Pikeville cut the lead to one run before a walk off single scored the tying and winning runs to give the Lady Cavaliers their first opening day loss since 2006 with the 7-6 final.
Emily Walker led the way offensively, smacking three singles for 2 RBIs and scoring a run. She also legged out three stolen bases. Jenkins pitcher, senior Rachel Thacker, also did well at the plate, smacking two singles and stealing a base. She also scored a run. Fellow senior Whitney Gibson slapped a long double in the third inning. Jenkins plays its home opener today against Clintwood.