Jimison struck out seven over a five-inning three-hitter while Sophie Robinson, Kristen Davis, Randi Jo Powers and Katie Barnes had two hits each to lead Middlesboro to a 10-0 win.
“I’ve said it before, she’s the best pitcher in the region,” said Bell coach Jeff Brock. “We probably hit her better today than we have in a couple of years, but we’ve still got such a young bunch and a lot of them were just intimidated facing a pitcher like that.”
The Lady Jackets jumped on top quickly as Davis led off with a single and came all the way around to score on Robinson’s double. Robinson then stole third and scored on an error for a 2-0 Middlesboro lead.
They put up three more in the second as Powers hit a lead off double and Kacie Powers singled to put runners at the corners. One out later, Davis reached on an error as one Powers scored and the other advanced to third. Robinson had an RBI ground out and Davis later scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.
“Overall we played pretty decent. We hit the ball good, put it in play and it was a good game to build our confidence back up at the plate,” said Middlesboro coach Mary Beth Ledford. “It’s always good to get a win.”
Bell County’s best scoring threat came in the fourth inning as Kacy Denny drew a lead-off walk and Haley Gent singled to center. Jimison got Brooke Howard to pop out to short, then Jamie Collins sacrificed the runners to second and third. But Jimison struck out Alyssa Gonzales to end the inning.
Middlesboro put the game away in their half of the fourth. Barnes, Tess Ford, Randi Jo Powers and Davis had RBI singles and Barnes scored on a wild pitch as the Lady Jacket lead grew to 10-0.
Bell’s Tiffanie Oliver reached on an error with two out in the fifth. But Robinson jumped up to catch Mikaela Robbins’ liner at short to end the game.
Oliver, Howard and Gent had the Lady Cats’ only hits in the game.
“The only thing I was disappointed with was that we came out flat defensively,” Brock said. “But we’ve just got to move on and hope facing Jimison will get us ready for Harlan and (Courtney) Bell. That’s the big game now, it’s for the number two seed in the district.”
Middlesboro (17-5, 7-0 district) plays at Harlan Thursday. Bell County (14-8, 6-3) hosts Harlan today at 5:30 p.m.
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Bell County 000 00 — 0 3 5
Middlesboro 230 5x — 10 11 3
Collins and Gent; Jimison and Davis. W — Jimion. L — Collins.
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The Lady Jackets went 2-1 over the weekend in the Cumberland Falls Invitational.
Middlesboro opened up with a 2-0 win over Southwestern Friday evening.
Jimison tossed a three-hitter while striking out 16 and walking three to get the win.
Randi Jo Powers had an RBI singled in the second inning and Barnes added an RBI single in the sixth for the games only runs.
Barnes had two hits in the game, Jimison doubled and Hart also had a hit.
The Lady Jackets topped Cumberland County 3-2 Saturday morning.
Davis led off the first inning with a single, stole second and third, and scored onBarnes’ fly ball to left for a 1-0 lead.
Two more runs scored in the second. Ford singled and Randi Jo Powers walked. One out later Dana Estes walked to load the bases. Ford scored on a passed ball and Powers came home on an error to make it 3-0.
Cumberland County got singled runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but Jimison made the lead stand up. She struck out seven without walking a batter and only one of the runs was earned. She scattered five hits over the six inning game.
Ford and Davis had two hits each, while Jimison and Shanice Gilbert also singled in the game.
Middlesboro lost to Bowling Green 1-0 in their final game Saturday.
Bowling Green scored the game’s only run inthe second inning as Kallstrom singled leading off, stole second and scored on a double to the left field corner by Kallstrom.
Jimison only allowed two other hits in the game. She struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.
The Lady Jackets had scoring chances, but could never push a run across. Jimison singled and doubled, Dana Estes singled and doubled, Barnes had two hits and Davis one.
“Playing in these tournaments will help us to get ready for the All ‘A’ next weekend,” Ledford said. “We did pretty well until our bats failed us against Bowling Green. But these are the type of teams and pitchers we’re going to be facing in Louisville.”
The Lady Jackets will start play in the All “A” state tournament Saturday at 11 a.m.
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Southwestern 000 000 0 — 0 3 3
Middlesboro 010 001 x — 2 5 0
Kosmecki and Beatty; Jimison and Davis. W — Jimison. L — Kosmecki.
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Cumberland Co. 000 101 — 2 5 1
Middlesboro 120 00x — 3 6 2
Davidson and Johnson; Jimison and Davis. W — Jimison. L — Davidson.
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Middlesboro 000 000 0 — 0 7 3
Bowling Green 010 000 x — 1 4 0
Jimison and Davis; Taulbel and Poston. W — Poston. L — Jimison
ABOVE: Middlesboro senior Brooklynn Jimison comes out of her windup to deliver a pitch during Monday’s 10-0 win over Bell County.
(JAY COMPTON/Daily News)