The score was 0-0 after the first inning. Then in a flash, Shelby Frazier was hitting the game winning RBI single that gave Middlesboro a 15-0 victory over Whitley County in three innings on Thursday.
“I was pretty pleased with the way they hit the ball. The last scrimmage we had we struggled hitting it,” said Lady Jacket coach Luster Powers. “I’m pretty tickled the way we hit the ball tonight. We had some struggle, but they’ll be OK. Hits are usually the last thing to come. The more pitches they can see, the better off they’ll be.”
The lone senior on the team, Madison Shields took care of business on the mound. She finished the night with seven strikeouts while allowing only one hit during the game to pick up her first win of the season. She also went 1-for-2 at the plate while reaching base on an error and a double.
“Maddy, she threw another heck of a ball game. They hit her a time or two, we had a couple of mistakes, and she worked out of it,” said Powers about his senior pitcher.
Myra Gent paced Middlesboro at the plate. She finished the night 2-for-2 with two singles and two runs. Brooke Foister scored three runs as a courtesy runner for Shields. Hannah McCullough, Aubrey Sowders, Frazier and Baylee Woody also crossed the plate two times apiece.
Middlesboro blew the game open in the second inning. After holding the Lady Colonels scoreless through two, the Lady Jackets went on a 13-run rally.
With the bases loaded, Foister scored on a wild pitch from Ashley Moses to give the Jackets a 1-0 lead. An error in center field with Frazier at the plate allowed Macy Mink to score increasing the lead to 2-0.
With the bases loaded, Taylor Yoakum was walked allowing Gent to increase the lead to 3-0. Jamayha Poe hit a triple with the help of an error at first base that brought in three runs to balloon the lead to 6-0 with no outs on the scoreboard. Poe crossed home on an RBI by Megan Gent that increased the lead to 7-0.
Middlesboro scored six more runs in the second before Megan Gent was thrown out at first to end the inning with the Lady Jackets holding a 13-0 lead over Whitley County.
Another quick at-bat for the Lady Colonels allowed Middlesboro to end the game early. Only needing two runs to win the game, McCullough got things started off right in the third hitting a triple to right field.
An RBI double by Shields brought McCullough home to increase the lead to 14-0. Frazier hit an RBI single to left field to drive home the game winning run and help the Lady Jackets earn the 15-run victory.
Middlesboro (1-0) will compete in the 13th Region All A Classic against Red Bird at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
Whitley County (0-2) traveled to Clay County on Friday.
Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN