On April 16, the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars played the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers for the first time this season.
LCC made a threat in the first inning. Katlyn Creech singled, Emily Johnson hit into a fielder’s choice, and Seanna Coots received a walk, but the Lady Cougars couldn’t put a run across. In the bottom half of the inning, the Cavs only got Melissa Bartley on with a throwing error.
In the second, Makaley Johnson and Cheyenne Stidham both singled. Lindsey Bentley was put in as courtesy runner for Johnson, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Bentley scored on a second wild pitch, giving LCC the 1-0 lead.
Both teams scattered hits and put runners on, but neither could put any runs across.
In the bottom of the seventh inning with LCC up 1-0, Jenkins found a spark as Alexis Stambaugh led off with a single Whitney Creech bunted her way on, Ally DePriest singled and Alexis Stambaugh scored on a throwing error to tie the game 1-1.
In the eighth inning, Emily Johnson reached base on a walk. Jenkins had trouble fielding and throwing the ball and committed two errors. Johnson took advantage and scored, giving LCC the lead 2-1.
In the bottom half of eight, Caitlynn Estevez hit a double to left center. Taylor Johnson went in as courtesy runner and went to third on a passed ball. Alexis Stambaugh singled to left to tie up the game once again.
In the top of the ninth, LCC got two runners on as Jenkins committed two errors. The Lady Cavs regained their composure and held the Lady Cougars.
In the bottom half, Brittany Mullins led off for Jenkins. The Cougars shifted their defense to the right side and Mullins pulled a double down the left side. Melissa Bartley hit a deep sac fly ball to center, and Mullins tagged up and came in from second to score the winning run.
The final was Jenkins 3, LCC 2 in nine innings.
In the district win Caitlynn Estevez gave up five hits, four walks, and had 14 strikeouts. Makaley Johnson gave up 10 hits, one walk, and had six strikeouts. Jenkins committed four errors, LCC committed two.
On Thursday, Jenkins traveled to play Knott County Central.
KCC scored first on an error and two hits. Jenkins tied it up in the second inning. Alexis Stambaugh got on and moved to third an a wild pitch, and Ally DePriest singled to bring in Stambaugh.
In the third, KCC got a single from Short and Feltner doubled to bring her in. Jenkins answered in the fourth as Mercedes Boggs singled and stole second, third, and home to tie the game up 2-2. Jenkins put three more on the board with singles from Charity Niece, Caitlynn Estevez, Lexi Stambaugh, Ally DePreist, and Ashley Niece to take a 5-2 lead.
In the sixth inning, KCC got two walks and a single to score and cut the lead to 5-3.
In the seventh, Jenkins added four more insurance runs to take the 9-3 win.
Caitlynn Estevez gave up three runs, seven hits, four walks and had nine strikeouts.