Jenkins pitcher Caitlynn Estevez didn’t allow a single run as the Lady Cavaliers swept all three games in 14th Region All ‘A’ Classic fast-pitch softball tournament.
The Lady Cavs advance to play in the Touchstone Energy All ‘A’ Classic state tournament in Owensboro, where they will meet Whitefield Academy of Jefferson County at 9 a.m. on April 27. Jenkins will also play Louisville Holy Cross and Edmonson County.
The Lady Cavs, 13-3 entering Tuesday’s game against Letcher County Central, advanced to the state meet with a 12-0 win over Knott Central in the regional final on April 12. In the top of the first, Mercedes Boggs singled, stole second and third, and scored on a passed ball for the 1-0 lead. In the bottom half, KCC loaded the bases with a single and two walks, but couldn’t get anything across.
In the second, the Lady Cavs turned singles Lexi Stambaugh, Whitney Creech, and Brittany Mullins, as well as three walks into a 4-0 lead. In the third, Caitlynn Estevez got a walk, Creech singled and DePriest singled to bring in Taylor Johnson, running for Estevez. Creech scored on a passed ball.
Brittany Mullins hit a triple, bringing in two more runs. Melissa Bartley singled in Mullins and Bartley scored on a throwing error that put Boggs on base. Boggs then scored on fielding errors, making it 11-0.
In the fourth inning, Creech singled, went to third on throwing errors and stole home on a throw to second to get an out, making the final score Jenkins 12 Knott County Central 0.
Jenkins drew a bye in the first round and traveled to Hazard for the second round of the regional. The Lady Cavs batted first and Melissa Bartley got on base and stole second and third. Mercedes Boggs singled to score Bartley, then stole second. Charity Niece singled to move Boggs to third.
Niece stole second and on the throw Boggs stole home. Lexi Stambaugh singled, bringing in Mckenzie Gibson, who replaced Niece at second as courtesy runner, for the 3-0 lead.
In the second, Ally DePriest singled and Brittany Mullins had a sacrifice to move her to third. Bartley singled DePriest in for the 4-0 lead.
In the third, Charity Niece walked, stole second, and scored on a throwing error by the pitcher to make it 5-0. In the fourth, the Lady Cavs picked up another run on a solo home run by Mercedes Boggs.
In the fifth, Caitlynn Estevez led off with a double, Lexi Stambaugh got a walk, and Taylor Johnson, courtesy runner for Estevez, went to third on a passed ball. Whitney Creech hit a sacrifice fly to score Johnson, and Stambaugh scored on a throwing error.
DePriest singled, Ashley Niece doubled, and a walk to Mullins loaded the bases. Boggs reached base on a throwing error and De- Priest and Niece scored. Charity Niece walked to load the bases again.
Estevez was walked to bring in a run and Boggs scored on a passed ball to make the score 12-0.
Estevez picked up the win with a 2-hit shutout, with one walk and 9 strikeouts.
Jenkins then moved on to Leslie County for the next round. In the bottom of the first, Melissa Bartley singled, went to second on a passed ball, and stole third. Mercedes Boggs hit a double to bring in Bartley. In the second, Leslie County put two runners on base, but couldn’t put anyone across. In the bottom of the second inning, Lexi Stambaugh doubled, but was stranded at third.
In the bottom of the third, Ashley Niece got on, Boggs got an intentional walk, and Charity Niece doubled both runners in giving Jenkins the lead 3-0 after three innings.
In the fourth, Lexi Stambaugh and Ally DePriest both singled, and Brittany Mullins then singled bringing them both in. Bartley and Boggs singled, bringing in Mullins and making the score 6-0.
In the bottom of the fifth Stambaugh and Creech singled, Stambaugh stole third and scored on a passed ball. Ashley Niece brought in Creech on a sacrifice fly, making the score 8-0. In the sixth Bartley and Boggs both got on by errors. Bartley scored on a passed ball, and Charity Niece singled to bring in Boggs for a win of 10-0.
Estevez pitched a 3-hit shut out, with two walks and 12 strikeouts.