The Jenkins High School Lady Cavaliers picked up their fifth straight All ‘A’ Classic Regional title last week and will play in the All ‘A’ State Tournament in Owensboro on April 28.
Jenkins pitcher Kayla Stambaugh picked up her 11th win on the season in Friday’s championship game against Lee County. During the three-game regional, Stambaugh pitched 16 innings, striking out 32 and, with the strong defense of the Lady Cavs behind her, gave up only two runs for the three games, one unearned.
Jenkins batted first Friday as Stambaugh led off with a single and stole second and third. Mercedes Boggs hit a fielder’s choice scoring Stambaugh. Randee Phillips reached base on a fielding error, stole second, and reached third on a passed ball and scored on a single from Charity Niece. Niece scored on a triple from Whitney Creech, and Creech scored off of a single from Ashley Niece. Jenkins took the 4-0 lead.
In the second inning, Kayla Stambaugh led off with a single, Melissa Bartley doubled to pick up an RBI, bringing in Stambaugh to take the 5-0 lead.
In the third, Whitney Creech singled and moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Niece. Creech went to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on Ashley Wright’s single to take the 6-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Melissa Bartley singled, stole second and scored from a Mercedes Boggs off the fence double to left. Boggs moved to third on a sacrifice fly from Randee Phillips and scored on a fielder’s choice. Jenkins was up 8-0. Lee scored in the bottom of the fourth as Jenkins made an error to put Taylor on base. Moore singled to bring in Taylor.
In the fifth, Ashley Niece singled, Caitlynn Estevez hit a fielder’s choice and Alexis Stambaugh came in to pinch run for her. Alexis went to second on a fielder’s choice from Brittany Mullins and scored on a single from Kayla Stambaugh. Kayla stole second and scored on a fielding error by Lee County. Bartley stole second and scored on a throwing error, giving Jenkins the lead 11-1 to mercy Lee County in five innings.
The tournament started April 10 as the Lady Cavaliers played Owsley County at Jenkins.
In the bottom of the first, Stambaugh singled and stole second and third, and Melissa Bartley picked up an RBI as she doubled and drove in Stambaugh. Bartley scored on an error as Owsley dropped a fly ball. In the second inning, Whitney Creech singled and stole second, third and scored on a fielder’s choice. Jenkins led 3-0.
In the third inning, the Lady Cavs broke the game open, scoring seven runs with three singles from Bartley, Mercedes Boggs, and Ashley Wright. Owsley committed a fielding error, scoring Bartley and Boggs, and Wright ended up on third. Whitney Creech hit the first pitch out of the park to dead center for two RBI’s. The inning continued as Ashley Niece singled, Brittany Mullins singled and picked up an RBI bringing in Niece. Stambaugh got a walk, Melissa Bartley singled and brought in Mullins, Charity Niece singled and brought in Stambaugh.
After three innings, Jenkins was up 10-0, which was the final score. Kayla Stambaugh pitched three innings, giving up one hit and had seven strikeouts.
In the second-round game of the All A Region, Jenkins traveled to Owsley County to take on a much-improved Leslie County.
In the third inning, Leslie got a runner on with a walk from Kara Moore and Sydney Smith hit a rocket that was misjudged to right field, scoring Moore. Leslie took the 1-0 lead on Jenkins. In the bottom half of the third, Jenkins made a threat, getting singles from Caitlynn Estevez and Stambaugh, but could not get any runs in.
In the fourth inning, Randee Phillips singled, moved to second on a passed ball and then to third on a single from Whitney Creech. Phillips then scored on a throwing error. Creech made it to third and scored on a passed ball, taking a 2-1 lead.
In the fifth, Leslie put two on base but could not get anyone in. In the bottom half, Jenkins added an insurance run when Mercedes Boggs received a walk, stole second and scored on a Randee Phillips single, taking a 3-1 lead and win to reach the finals against Lee County.
Kayla Stambaugh picked up her 10th win, pitching 7 innings and having 17 strikeouts.