The Middlesboro Lady Jackets had a nice showing this weekend at the State All “A” Softball Tournament. They went 3-0 in pool play — outscoring their opponents 42-8 — to advance to the quarterfinals before being eliminated by an Owensboro Catholic team that only lost by one run in the championship game.
“We came out and played. They played like they are capable of playing,” MHS Coach Petie Gilbert said. “I was very impressed and very happy with what we accomplished out there.”
The Lady Jackets opened up against Villa MaDonna and came away with a 19-6 victory. After a scoreless first inning, MHS batted around twice and put up 16 runs in the second inning to take control.
Lindsay Buis started the scoring with an RBI double to score J.J. Brown. Virginia Marcum would later draw a bases-loaded walk and Jamarah Young followed with a two-run double. Megan Gent added a two-run single and two more runs scored on Brown’s single and an error in the outfield. The hits and walks kept coming as Marum and Kaylee Lawson had RBI singles in the inning.
Madison Bruce, Marcum, Young and Brown all had hits in the third inning as Middlesboro scored three more runs.
Mackenzie Miller pitched three no-hit innings, but walked 10 while giving up six runs and striking out seven to get the win.
Trimble County was up next and Miller showed much better control in that one. She gave up just two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out four and walking four over five innings. That was more than sufficient for the Lady Jacket offense as they plated nine runs for a 9-2 win.
Young has two singles, walked, stole two bases and scored twice in that one. Marcum had an RBI double, Gent singled, walked twice and drove in a run. Brown had two hits and drove in two runs and Buis singled, drove in a run and score once.
Up next for the Lady Jackets was a matchup against Whitefield Academy and Middlesboro rolled to a 14-0 victory in four innings.
They scored four runs in the first as Gent and Brown both had RBI singles, another run scored as Buis reached on an error and Marcum plated another with an RBI ground out.
In the second inning Young walked, stole second and later scored on a passed ball for a 5-0 lead.
MHS put the game away with nine runs in the third inning, highlighted by Young’s 3-run homer. Marcum also had two-run single in the inning.
Lawson pitched that one and gave up two two hits while striking out two and walking one over four shut-out innings.
“We didn’t strike out as much, we put the ball in play and that’s the main thing,” Gilbert said. “I was proud of the girls. We went 3-0 in pool play and then ran up against Owensboro Catholic. It was a good experience for the kids and they know what they need to shoot for to get better.”
Middlesboro is 9-10 on the season after Tuesday’s 8-0 win over Harlan County. They’re scheduled to visit Harlan on Thursday and host Lynn Camp on Monday.