The Jenkins High School Lady Cavs traveled to Brooksville to compete in the Webber Farms/Bracken County Invitational April 2-3. They began the tournament against Rowan County on Friday night and jumped to an early lead, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Goff led off with a walk followed by a base hit from Walker and a walk to Kiser. Goff scored from third on Watts’s sacrifi ce fly to left field. Third baseman Kayla Stambaugh delivered the big hit of the inning, a two-run triple to the gap in right center field. The Lady Cavs added two more runs in the inning as a result of Rowan County errors, making the score 5-0.
The Lady Cavs were held scoreless the rest of the game but the first inning rally was more than enough to earn the win, thanks to senior pitcher Brook Webb who shut out Rowan County. She allowed only three hits while giving up three walks and striking out five.
The Friday night win allowed the Lady Cavs to advance to the second round of the tournament, where they took on the host Lady Bears of Bracken County. The Lady Cavs scored early to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Ali Goff led off with a walk and scored on a double by Sierra Kiser. The Lady Cavs extended the lead to 2-0 in the top of the second on doubles by Kayla Stambaugh and Tazsha Hall and then stretched it to 4-0 in the bottom of the third when Kiser was hit by a pitch, Walker reached on a base hit and Watts doubled to left field.
The Lady Bears rallied in the bottom of the third, collecting three base hits to load the bases with no outs. A base on balls and the fourth base hit base hit of the inning allowed the Lady Bears to score three times, cutting the lead to one run. With the bases still loaded and no outs, Lady Cavs pitcher Brook Webb responded by striking out three consecutive Lady Bear batters to squelch the rally. Webb held the Lady Bears scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings to preserve the 4-3 win for the Lady Cavs and propel them into the tournament championship game.
In the championship game, the Lady Cavs faced the Fillies of Harrison County and fell behind early, giving up single runs in the first and second innings. The deficit grew to four runs in the bottom of the third inning on a homerun to centerfield by Fillies shortstop R. Hatfield.
The Lady Cavs batters struggled for the first three innings, going through the full lineup before their first base runner in the top of the fourth when Goff led off the inning with a base hit and later scored the Lady Cavs’ first run of the game on a base hit by Kiser. The Fillies countered, scoring a single run in the bottom of the fourth on a long solo homerun to right field by left fielder K. Shepherd to make the score 5-1.
After scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth, Kiser started a Lady Cavs rally by leading off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit followed by a walk to Watts. A sacrifice by Stambaugh scored Ashley Wright, who was pinch running for Kiser. Webb reached safely on a Harrison County error with pinch runner Charity Neace entering the game for Webb. Neace was forced out at second on a ground ball by Brashear that allowed Watts to score. Leshia Fleming entered the game to pinch run for Brashear and scored from first on a double by Hall, cutting the deficit to a single run but the comeback effort fell short with the Lady Cavs falling to the Filles 5-4 to finish as the runners-up in the tournament.
The Lady Cavs record stood at 9-2 with games scheduled at Clintwood, Va., yesterday (Tuesday), a doubleheader at home with Cordia today (Wednesday), and a home game with the Lady Bears of Harlan County tomorrow (Thursday).
The Lady Cavs traveled to Hindman March 29 to take on Knott County Central in its first 53rd District matchup of the season.
Sophomore Kayla Stambaugh pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out five, and the Lady Cavs batters scored 32 runs on their way to an easy win over the Lady Patriots.
On April 1, J.J. Kelly High School (Wise, Va.) visited Jenkins. After holding the Lady Indians scoreless in the top of the first, the Lady Cavs scored two runs in the bottom of the first when leadoff batter Ali Goff worked a full count walk and stole second. Goff was moved to third by Belcher’s ground ball. Walker also drew a full count walk and promptly stole second. Goff and Walker then scored on Sierra Kiser’s RBI single, giving the Lady Cavs the early 2-0 lead.
The Lady Cavs added to their lead in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs on a Lady Indian error and base hits by Kalyla Stambaugh, Hillary Brashear, and Tazsha Hall. Courtesy runner Ashley Wright scored the third run of the inning, crossing the plate on Belcher’s ground out. The Lady Cavs added two more runs in the bottom of the third when base hits by Alexis Watts and Kayla Stambaugh and stolen bases by Stambaugh and courtesy runner Mercedes Boggs placed runners on second and third. Stambaugh and Boggs then scored on Hillary Brashear’s RBI single.
After scoreless innings by both teams in the fourth and fifth innings, the Lady Indians plated a lone run in the top of the sixth as a result of a leadoff double and a Lady Cavs error. The Lady Cavs scored four more runs in the sixth before winning, 11-1.