The Lady Lions took advantage of 15 walks and got a dominating performance from pitcher Chatman Taylor as they defeated Lynn Camp 14-0 in five innings in the 51st District semifinals at Union College Monday.
“It’s an honor to be going back to the region, but we want to go in as a one seed and not a two,” said Pineville coach Rheagan Redmond. “We’re focused on winning the district title. We’ve got the region in our sights, but we’re not looking past Wednesday.”
Taylor pitched a no-hitter and got eleven of the fifteen outs via strikeout while only walking two batters. She also drove in three runs on three hits, inluding an inside-the-park home run.
“Chatman came out on fire and the defense played well behind her,” Redmond said. “We struggled a little bit running the bases — that’s something we’re going to address (today in practice).”
Pineville opened up a 10-0 lead after two innings with just three hits, thanks to an error and ten walks. Taylor had RBI singles in both the first and second innings and Leslie Howard delivered a two-run singled in the second.
Blair Combs, Bre Taran and Victoria Knuckles all drew bases-loaded walks as the Lady Lions put up seven runs in the second inning.
Taylor and Casey Rorick opened the third with consecutive in-park home runs as Pineville cruised to the five inning win.
Pineville (11-5) will play Knox Central for the district title Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Union College softball field in Barbourville.
The Lady Panthers defeated Barbourville 4-3 in their semifinal Monday.
The Lady Lions have now won five straight games, including big wins over Clay County 9-2 and Knox Central 10-5.
“The Clay County win was a turning point for us. Our pitching and catching was on and we were able to finally start hitting the ball and everything was working,” Redmond said. “Chatman really found her groove in that game and she’s been in it ever since.”
Lynn Camp 000 00 — 0 0 4
Pineville 372 2x — 14 6 1
Shepherd and McCreary; Taylor and Howard. W — Taylor. L — Shepherd. HR — Taylor (P), Rorick (P).