The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers opened the 2014 softball season with a win. They faced off with the June Buchannan Lady Crusaders, who are playing their first season in several years.
The Cavaliers picked up the district win 15-0 in three innings. In the first inning, Jenkins put eight runs on the board with four hits and six walks. Two hits were triples from Melissa Bartley and Charity Niece.
In the second inning, Jenkins added seven runs on four hits and five walks with a double by Melissa Bartley and a three-run hit in the park homerun by Mercedes Boggs.
Caitlynn Estevez picked up the win, pitching a no-hitter with six strikeouts.
Lady Cavaliers 4
Hazard Lady Bulldogs 1
In the second game of the week, Jenkins traveled to Hazard. The Lady Bulldogs got on the board first, reaching base on a walk and an infield single. Both runners advanced, stealing second and third, and Hazard’s Niece scored on a wild pitch to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Jenkins got on the board in the third inning with Lexi Stambaugh getting an infield single, and Whitney Creech moving her over with an infield single. Stambaugh scored from second on a throwing error to tie the game 1-1.
In the fifth inning, Jenkins had singles by Melissa Bartley and Whitney Creech, and Mercedes Boggs doubled, scoring Bartley and Creech. Boggs followed, scoring on two throwing errors by Hazard to take a 4-1 lead, which was the final score.
Caitlynn Estevez threw a fourhit game with 13 strikeouts to pick up her second win.
Lady Cavs 14
Powell County 4
On Friday, Jenkins traveled to Powell County for a 14th Region match-up.
In the first inning, the Lady Cavaliers had singles by Melissa Bartley, Whitney Creech and Mercedes Boggs, who drove in Bartley. Caitlynn Estevez hit a fielder’s choice to score Creech and take a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom half, Powell made a threat, loading the bases with a batter reaching base on an error and two walks. Estevez came back with two strikeouts and a ground out to end the inning.
In the second, Jenkins loaded the bases, and Mercedes Boggs drove in two with a single. Creech and Boggs had a double steal and both scored on a throwing error to take a 6-0 error.
Powell once again made a threat, with a runner reaching base on an error followed by three walks, scoring one.
The Lady Cavs’ defense shut Powell down and held the 7-1 lead after the second.
In the third, Lexi Stambaugh reached base on a fielder’s choice and moved over on a single from Makayla Seals. Stambaugh scored on a throwing error to third from a grounder to short.
In the bottom of the third, Powell loaded the bases on three walks and scored one with a fielder’s choice to make the score 7-2. Powell also added a run in the fifth with a runner reaching base on an error and a base hit to make the score 7-3.
In the sixth inning, Mercedes Boggs and Charity Niece both had singles and moved over on a passed ball. Boggs scored on a sacfl y from Estevez, Niece scored on a single from Mckenzie Gibson, and Gibson scored on a double from Taylor Johnson.
Makayla Seals singled to bring in Johnson and move Stambaugh to third and Melissa Bartley hit one to center that was dropped to score Stambaugh and Seals, and Whitney Creech singled to score Bartley.
Jenkins batted 11 batters in the inning, scoring seven runs and taking a 14-3 lead. Powell added one run in the sixth to make the final 14-4.
Lady Cavs 1
Clark County 8
On Saturday, Jenkins traveled to Winchester to play Clark County. Clark County jumped out first with a runner reaching base on an error, a base hit, a hit pitch, and two walks to score two runs.
In the second, Clark added two more runs on an error and two base hits to take a 4-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Caitlynn Estevez singled and moved to third on two fielder’ choices. Lexi Stambaugh brought her in with a single, cutting the lead to 4-1.
In the sixth inning, Clark tacked on four more runs with two leadoff walks and back-to-back doubles, and another runner reached on a walk.
Clark tried to pull a double steal and the Cavs got the runner at second out, allowing a run to score.
Clark came up with the win and final score of 8-1. Jenkins had six hits and Clark had eight. Caitlynn Estevez gave up eight hits and six walks as Jenkins ended the week with a 3-1 record.