Seventh grader Mackenzie Miller struck out 18 Knox Central batters on Thursday to lead the Bell County Lady Cats to a 3-2 win over the Lady Panthers.
The 18 strikeouts sets a new school record, breaking the mark of 16 that was set by Rachel Yeary in 2012.
Knox Central’s Amber Partin stuck out 10 in the game, the 28 total strikeouts is a new state record for combined strikeouts in a game.
The Lady Cats were held to just one hit through the first four innings. Kenzi Napier opened the fifth with a triple into the right-center field gap. Mary Kate Smith followed with an RBI single to right to give Bell a 1-0 lead.
Mara Wilson singled in the top of the six to break up Miller’s no-hitter. Partin walked and catcher Kaeli Hale delivered a two-run double to put Knox Central on top 2-1.
Miller came back with three straight strikeouts to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Cats got a bunt single from Elizabeth Black, who advanced to second on an error and to third on Raegan Robbins’ sac fly. Kayleigh Saylor followed with an RBI single through the right side to tie the game at two. Saylor stole second and Sarah Brooks came through with a two-out RBI double to put Bell on top.
Miller got two more strikeouts as she worked around a single in the seventh to close out the win.
Bell County (6-4) is scheduled to play at Thomas Walker on Thursday and at Middlesboro on Friday.