The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers, the 14th Region’s top softball team during the regular season, advanced to the finals of the 53rd District Tournament with a win Monday with a 21-0 win over Cordia. The game was called on the mercy rule after just three innings.
The Lady Cavs were to meet the region’s fifth place team, the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars, in the district championship game.
Monday night’s win came three days after the Lady Cougars notched their 25th win of the season last Friday with a 4-2 win over Harlan Independent.
The scoring got started in the third inning with Taylor Johnson hitting a double to center and Makayla Seals being hit by a pitch. After Melissa Bartley hit into a fielder’s choice and Lexi Stambaugh singled to load the bases, Whitney Creech hit a ball to shortstop that got through to score two runs.
In the fifth inning, Lexi Stambaugh singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Whitney Creech singled to score Stambaugh before Creech scored on a throwing error to give Jenkins a 4-0 lead over Harlan.
In the seventh inning, Harlan got a lead-off single by Alyssa Mills, who was able to advance to second on a fielder’s choice and then score on a single by Jourdan Ledford.
After Jenkins surrendered a base on balls, Cochran singled to score Ledford. Anna Karst reached on a walk to load the bases, but the game ended on a double play as Jenkins held on for a 4-2 win.
Cavs Take Two
May 12 was Senior Night for the Lady Cavaliers as they said goodbye to their only senior, Mercedes Boggs.
The Lady Cavs played two games against Shelby Valley. In the first game, Jenkins defeated the Lady Bat Kats 18-0 in 3 innings.
Jenkins sent 12 batters to the plate in the first, scoring six runs on four hits and three Shelby Valley errors.
The second inning was much of the same as the Lady Cavs sent 18 batters to the plate scoring 12 runs on three hits, one being a grand slam by Whitney Creech. Shelby Valley committed four errors.
In the second game, Shelby Valley competed. The Bat Kats scored first, and Jenkins gave them one run on one hit and two errors.
Jenkins got the run back as Whitney Creech walked and Mercedes Boggs doubled her in.
In the second, Jenkins took the lead 2-1 as Charity Neace led off with a single to center, moved to third on two wild pitches, and scored on Makayla Seals’s fielder’s choice.
In the third inning, Shelby Valley retook the lead 3-2 as Samantha Mitchell scored on a wild pitch and added another run on a sac bunt and a fielder’s choice.
Jenkins tied the game in the bottom of the third as Whitney Creech singled, advanced on a pass ball and stolen base, and scored on Boggs’s single.
The Lady Cavs added another run in the fifth inning with two outs. Caitlyn Estevez reached first on a walk. Katie Depriest ran for her and scored on back-to-back singles by Charity Niece and Mckenzie Gibson.
In the sixth, Shelby Valley tied the game on a single, and the runner stole second and scored on an error.
In the bottom of the sixth, Jenkins put five runs on the board as the Lady Cavs sent 11 batters to the plate, getting 5 hits.
Shelby Valley added a run in the seventh to make the final score 9-5.
Jenkins 13, East Ridge 1
On May 13, the Lady Cavaliers picked up their 24th win as they beat East Ridge 13-1.
East Ridge scored first in the first inning. East Ridge had two straight singles followed by a fielding error on Jenkins to score a run.
It took Jenkins until the third inning before the bats came to life.
Makayla Seals led off with a single followed by Lexi Stambaugh. Whitney Creech scored both with a single. Mercedes Boggs and Caitlyn Estevez reached on walks to load the bases.
Charity Neace singled, scoring Creech and Boggs. Mckenzie Gibson scored Katie Depriest, who ran for Estevez, taking a 5-1 lead.
The Cavs came back in the fourth and add two more runs as they loaded the bases with singles by Melissa Bartley, Lexi Stambaugh, and Mercedes Boggs.
Charity Neace singled to center scoring Bartley and Stambaugh.
The Lady Cavs had another big inning as Makayla Seals reached on an error, Melissa Bartley doubled to right, and then Lexi Stambaugh singled to score both runners. Lexi Stambaugh scored on a wild pitch.
Boggs singled, scoring Creech, and Estevez singled to center, moving Boggs to third. Charity Neace singled to center, scoring Boggs and Depriest, who ran for Estevez.
The Lady Cavs sent 12 batters to the plate, scoring 6 runs in the fifth to make the final 13-1 in 5 innings.