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Lady Cavs win district; soph’s first start perfect




Members of the All-53rd District Girls’ Softball team are (back row, from left) Lexi Stambaugh, Melissa Bartley, Cheyanne Stidham, Makayley Johnson, Carley Combs, Lauren Baker, Faith Clutts (front row, from left) Charity Niece, Whitney Creech, and Caitlynn Estevez.

Members of the All-53rd District Girls’ Softball team are (back row, from left) Lexi Stambaugh, Melissa Bartley, Cheyanne Stidham, Makayley Johnson, Carley Combs, Lauren Baker, Faith Clutts (front row, from left) Charity Niece, Whitney Creech, and Caitlynn Estevez.

The championship game of the 53rd District Softball Tournament was a pitchers’ duel as the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers and Knott County Central Patriots were nohit through four innings.

In the fifth inning, the Lady Cavs’ Charity Niece led off with a single and Rachel Spangler reached on an error. Both advanced on a fielder’s choice before McKenzie Gibson connected for a second fielder’s choice to score Niece, and Taylor Johnson singled to left to score Spangler. Whitney Creech singled to center to score Johnson and give Jenkins a 3-0 lead.

In the sixth inning Jenkins added a run as Melissa Bartley singled, moved to second on an error and stole third. Rachel Spangler would single to score Bartley and give Jenkins a 4-0 win. Senior pitcher Caitlynn Estevez got the win, holding KCC to only two hits with nine strikeouts.

This was Jenkins’ eighth time winning the 53rd District Championship under Coach April Charles.

The first game of the tourney, which was held at Letcher County Central, was a matchup of the number one seeded Jenkins Lady Cavaliers against the fourth seeded Cordia Lady Lions. Sophomore Rachel Spangler pitched a perfect game in her first varsity start. She struck out eight in picking up the 15-0 win.

The Lady Cavs had 15 runs on six hits, with two solo home runs by Whitney Creech and Charity Niece and a grand slam by Lexi Stambaugh.


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