The Pineville Lady Mountain Lions continued an impressive start to their season on Monday with a 15-0, four-inning win over Williamsburg in the opening round of the 13th Region All “A” Classic.
Pineville is 2-1 with a 10-0 win over Jellico, Tenn., and a 9-7 loss to Harlan County.
“In that Harlan County game a couple of defensive errors and a couple of running errors really cost us or we would have probably pulled out a W,” Lady Lion coach Shari Knuckles said. “The girls are looking really good. They’re sharp, they’re focused and for it to be this early I’m so proud of them already. I keep telling them this is our year and they’ve been working hard.”
Monday senior pitcher Rebecca Lee-Theis held Williamsburg to just three base runners in four innings to get the win. She struck out four while allowing just two singles and hitting a batter.
All nine Lady Mountain Lions reached base at least once and every spot in the line up either scored a run or drove one in.
Lee-Theis singled, doubled and walked and finished with three runs scored and two RBI. Lizzie Lee-Theis also singled and doubled to drive in three runs and score two. Brandy Sanders also had two hits and two RBI while Kameron Jackson, Emily Mullins, Erica Gambrell and Brooke Sanders also had hits in the game.
Mullins and Gambrell both singled to start the bottom of the first inning and Lizzie Lee-Theis brought them both home with a double. Walks to Rebecca Lee-Theis and Brooke Sanders loaded the bases and hits by Jackson and Brandy Sanders pushed the lead to 6-0 after one.
In the second, Gambrell walked and later scored on a Lizzie Lee-Theis hit.
“Lizzie has stepped into the number three spot for us this year and she came up big for us today,” Knuckles said. “She had a double to get us going and ready to go. It seemed like all the girls were seeing the ball and were ready to jump on the strikes.”
As the inning continued Rebekah Hoskins walked and Rebecca Lee-Theis followed with a two-run double to make it 9-0. Another run scored as Jackson reached on a two-base error and Brandy Sanders singled for an 11-0 lead.
Neither team scored in the third and the Lady Lions put the game away with four more runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Rebecca Lee-Theis and Brooke Sanders opened the frame with singles and Jackson walked to load the bases. Brandy Sanders and Kelsey Goodin both drew walks to force in runs as did Mullins. Gambrell followed with a fielder’s choice ground to bring home the game-ending run.
Pineville was scheduled to play at Harlan in the All “A” semifinals on Tuesday. The other semifinal had Middlesboro vs. Jackson County. After Tuesday’s snow those games will either be played on Wednesday or Thursday.
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|Marah Crusenberry, Da. Lipsteur (3) and Angel Hinton; Rebecca Lee-Theis and Brooke Sanders. W — Lee-Theis. L — Crusenberry. |