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Jenkins softball players get honors




After finishing second in the region to Estill County, the Lady Cavs have nothing about which to hold their heads down. The Lady Cavs finished the season with a 29-6 record, winning the 14th Region AllA Classic, 53rd District championship, and finishing third in the Lyndel Potter Memorial Tournament held in Pikeville. Five Lady Cavs were named to the All-District team: junior pitcher Rachel Thacker, sophomore shortstop Emily Walker, sophomore catcher Hillary Brashear, sophomore second baseman Brooke Webb, and eighth-grade third baseman Kayla Stambaugh.

On April 5, Kayla Stambaugh made history by being the youngest and only the second Jenkins High School softball player (under assistant coach Ashley Addington who holds the state record for batting average in a season) to be put into the state record book. The three-year starter for the Lady Cavs swiped six stolen bases in one game against 15th Region powerhouse Johnson Central, one short of the state record but impressive enough to put her name in the record book.

After the regional championship, three Lady Cavs were named to the 14th Region All- Tournament team: Rachel Thacker, Emily Walker, and sophomore left-fielder Tazsha Hall. On Sunday, the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association released the names of the All-State team. Three Lady Cavs were also named to this prestigious team. Making first team All-State for the first time in Lady Cavalier history was pitcher Rachel Thacker. Equally impressive was Emily Walker being named to second team All-State and Hillary Brashear being named honorable mention All-State. All three girls were honored at the East/West All-Star Game on June 14-15 where Rachel Thacker played on the East Junior All-Star team. She is only the third girl in Jenkins history to receive this honor. (Jenkins head coach April Damron Charles was a member of the team in 2000, and Chasity Fleming in 1999). Coach April Damron Charles was named a coach of the East Junior All- Stars.

At the conclusion of the season, Rachel Thacker will be the third Lady Cav in the state record book for having 29 pitching wins in a season. Several school records were broken this year including team wins in a season, pitching wins in a season (broken by Thacker), RBI’s in a season (broken by Tazsha Hall), runs scored and stolen bases in a season (both broken by sophomore centerfielder Ali Goff).


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