Lady Panthers sweep Scott Co.

Jay Compton jcompton@civitasmedia.com

March 12, 2014

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Cumberland Gap’s softball team is off to a 3-0 start after taking two from Scott County on Tuesday.

Avery Hatmaker capped an eight-run fifth inning with a walk-off double as the Lady Panthers took game one 15-5. Cumberland Gap needed a different kind of walk-off in game two as Lindsey Elliott delivered an RBI double and Jourdan Thacker followed with a two-run single to complete a three-run sixth-inning comeback for a 12-11 win over the Lady Highlanders.

The Lady Panthers had opened the season with a 15-1 win over Washburn on Monday.

Senior Genna Lake pitched all five innings in Tuesday’s game one win. She allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits while striking out four and walking two.

“One bad inning can get you beat. If you can’t play defense you can’t play for me, and we’ve got a young defense with new pitchers and that bothers me,” Campbell said. “We can be a hitting machine and we’re going to score some runs but I don’t know if we can score enough.”

It was balance attack on Tuesday.

Julia Saterfield had three hits, including two doubles and scored two runs. Thacker had two singles and a double to drive in three. Elliott also drove in three with a single and a double, she also walked and was hit by a pitch and scored three runs. Makenzie Miracle had three singles and scored twice, Katelyn McCarty singled and doubled, Lake singled twice and Hatmaker had two doubles.

In his second year with the Lady Panthers, Campbell said reaching 20 wins is a good goal for this year’s team to have.

“We’re always shooting for a district championship, of course. But we’ll have to upset some people along the way do that,” he said. “We’re certainly not the favorites.”

Cumberland Gap is scheduled to host Knox Central on Thursday.

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Tuesday, game 1
Scott County 001 04 5 8 3
Cumb. Gap 040 38 15 16 3
Storey and Jeffers; Lake and Pittman. W — Lake. L — Storey.