Whitesburg KY

LCC honors seniors

Before last Thursday’s game with the visiting Cordia, the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars softball team said good-bye to its three seniors.

Each senior player was greeted with a gift and praise from LCCHS coach Bumper Adams. Continuing a tradition Adams started while coaching Letcher High School, the three seniors took a last trip around third base and were greeted by teammates standing along the way.

The first senior to be recognized was Kayla Burton, who began playing softball with Whitesburg Yellojackets when she was still in 7th grade. She has been LCC’s starting catcher for the last three seasons.

Also honored was Tekiah Caudill, who started playing softball for Coach Adams at Letcher High. Caudill has started at second base for the Lady Cougars for the last three years, but was forced to miss the last part of last season with a broken foot.

The third senior honored was Courtney Johnson, who began her career playing for Fleming-Neon High School. Johnson has started in center field for the last two years and was a member of last year’s all region team.

On a very muddy field and with large amounts of water standing in the outfield and a small stream running down the third base line, the Lady Cougars overcame a poor defensive effort in the first inning to beat the Lady Lions in three innings, 18-3.

All the starters for the Lady Cougars scored. Burton got one hit in three at-bats and scored two runs. She also made a defensive gem by gunning out a base runner trying to steal second.

Caudill was hit by a ball three times during the game. She was hit by a pitch in each of her first two appearances at the plate, both coming in the first inning. In the second inning, Caudill got on base with a walk. After advancing to third, Cordia’s catcher tried to pick her off and accidently hit her in the back, allowing her to come home and score her third run of the game.

Courtney Johnson went one for two at the plate, walked, and scored once.

The Lady Cougars traveled to Jenkins on Monday, played Harlan County Central on Tuesday, and were scheduled to play Jackson City on Thursday.

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