After taking a week off while six starters were away for their senior trip, the Jenkins Lady Cavs returned to the softball diamond last week to win three straight games and finish the regular season with a sparkling 28-5 record.
Perry County Central visited Jenkins on May 19. Trailing 1-0 after the top of the second inning, the Lady Cavs shook off the rust of the long layoff and stormed back in the bottom of the inning to send 14 batters to the plate and score 8 runs. Webb, Belcher, Walker, Stambaugh, Brashear, and Watts all collected singles sandwiched around walks to Hall, Goff , Kiser, and Webb.
After a scoreless 3rd inning, the Lady Cavs added a run in the bottom of the 4th when Webb doubled off the right field fence and courtesy runner Mercedes Boggs scored on a Perry Central error. The Lady Cavs also added a single run in the bottom of the 5th on a single by Walker and an RBI double by Kiser. They then added another run in the bottom of the sixth to run the score to 11-1 and ended the game when Hall led off with a double and later scored on single by Kiser for her 3rd RBI of the game.
Senior pitcher Brooke Webb limited the Lady Commodores to one hit, a home run. She recorded 11 strikeouts and walked only one batter to earn the win in the six-inning game.
The Pikeville Lady Panthers visited Jenkins on May 20 for an emotional senior night game in which Coach April Damron and the Jenkins players and fans honored six graduating seniors.
Coach Damron bid farewell to catcher Hillary Brashear, pitcher Brooke Webb, shortstop Emily Walker, and outfielders Ali Goff, Sarah Belcher, and Tazsha Hall. Brashear, Walker, Belcher, and Goff have all been stalwarts in the Lady Cavs lineup for six years and have been in the starting lineup together since they were in 7th grade.
Webb and Hall have been Lady Cavs starters since they began attending Jenkins High School as freshman. This group has been responsible for many Lady Cavs victories and established several school records in their career. They have instilled enthusiasm and community pride to town of Jenkins and they will all be sorely missed.
After the pregame ceremonies, the Lady Cavs jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning. Lady Cavs hitters loaded the bases when leadoff batter Goff worked a full count walk, right fielder Belcher collected a single, and shortstop Walker also drew a walk. Second-baseman Watts was then hit by a pitch to plate Goff with the game’s first run. After a scoreless 2nd inning, the Lady Cavs added a lone run to push the score to 2-0 in the bottom of the 3rd when third-baseman Kayla Stambaugh led off the inning with a single, advanced to third on a sacrifice by Watts and a Lady Panther error and then scored on a passed ball.
Webb provided another strong performance on the mound, shutting out the Lady Panthers for 5 innings. She gave up only two hits, one walk and struck out seven while allowing the Lady Cavs off ense time to get untracked.
The Lady Cavs sent 10 batters to the plate in the 5th inning, scoring eight runs to end the game with a score of 10-0. The rally was fueled by singles from Kiser, Stambaugh, Brashear, and Walker, along with doubles by Webb and Hall, a walk to Watts, and game-ending sacrifice fly by Kiser.
The Lady Cavs visited the Shelby Valley on May 21 for the last regular season game of 2010 and were led to victory by senior left fielder Tazsha Hall, who belted two home runs and two doubles as she went four for four, scoring two runs and collecting six RBI.
The Lady Cavs quickly jumped to a 3-0 in the top of the 1st inning when Goff drew a walk to lead off the game and Belcher followed with single. Walker then smacked a triple to score Goff and Belcher and later scored herself on a sacrifice by Kayla Stambaugh. The score grew to 5-0 in the bottom of the 2nd when Brashear collected a single and Hall smacked her first home run.
Two more runs were added in the bottom of the 3rd as the result of two Lady Wildcat errors and an RBI single by Webb. The Lady Wildcats scored their lone run in the bottom of the 4th by taking advantage of a Lady Cavs error and two singles to make the score 7-1.
Jenkins put the game out of reach in the top of the 6th with another late-inning off ensive surge that saw 11 batters at the plate scoring eight runs and pushing the score to 15-1. The Lady Cavs collected six base hits in the inning, highlighted by Hall’s off ensive explosion as she smacked her second home run of the game along with a double to produce four RBI in the inning.
Brooke Webb shut out the Lady Wildcats in the bottom of the 6th to end the game and the regular season for the Lady Cavs. Webb scattered four hits and four walks over six innings while striking out 13 to earn her 22nd win of the season.