HARROGATE, Tenn. — Senior pitcher Genna Lake spun a four-inning no-hitter on Tuesday to lead the Cumberland Gap Lady Panthers to a 15-0 win at Barbourville. In Wednesday’s 9-5 loss to Grainger Lake was done in by eight errors and a late Lady Panther rally came up short.
“This is her first year pitching full-time and she’s hitting her spots. We’re getting the ground balls and if the defense makes plays behind her we can be effective,” Cumberland Gap coach J.W. Campbell said.
Tuesday, Cumberland Gap pounded out 16 hits and put the game away early with an eight-run fourth inning.
Senior shortstop Katelyn McCarty powered the offense by driving in four runs with two doubles and a triple and also scored twice. Julia Satterfield doubled and tripled and finished with two RBI and three runs. Lindsey Elliott and Jourdan Thacker each had a single and a double in the game while Makenzie Miracle and Lake both singled twice. Tessa Pittman added a single and two RBI ground outs while Samantha Pierce and Chelsey Williams both singled and scored.
Lake walked two and struck out six in her gem.
Barbourville (2-5) threatened in the bottom of the fourth as Teah Jordan and Amber Mills both reached on errors to start the frame. One out later, Paije Tye walked to load the bases. But Lake came back with a strikeout and then fielded a comebacker and threw on to first to end the game.
“She kept them totally off balance, there’s not much more you can say,” Campbell said. “We kicked it around up there in that last inning but she pitched us out of it. She pitched a great game.”
Wednesday, Grainger took advantage of four Cumberland Gap errors in the to put up four runs in the top of the first inning on three hits and a walk. Two more Lady Panther miscures led to four more runs in the second on four hits.
Down 8-0, Lake settled in and held the Lady Grizzlies (11-3) to one run the rest of the game. She finished by allowed three earned runs on ten hits over seven innings while striking out four and walking four.
“If we don’t kick it around in those first two innings, you know, we’ve got a shot. The first two innings was our undoing,” Cambell said. “We’ve tried to tell them, they have to make the routine plays. But we’re learning.”
Lake’s counterpart, Logan Baker, was outstanding through six innings. She held Cumberland Gap to just a pair of Williams singles as the Grainger lead was 9-0 going into the bottom of the seventh.
That’s when the Lady Panther bats came alive.
Pittman belted a double to right to start the inning and came around to score on Elliott’s double to left. Thacker singled and Satterfield followed with an RBI single to make it 9-2. Lake and Avery Hatmaker both hit into fielder’s choices as the lead runner was thrown out at third on both at bats, but Williams completed a 3-for-3 game with an RBI double to left. Miracle added a two-run double to make it 9-5, but Baker came back with her fourth strikeout to end the game.
Kiara Coffey led the Lady Grizzly offense with a double and two singles. Ashlyn Hodge and Mykala Fennell both singled twice while Allison Hodge had an RBI double and Holly Black and Breanna Williams both singled.
While Cumeberland Gap came in as a heavy underdog, Campbell said the team shouldn’t be satisfied by keeping the final score close.
“We’re capable of playing much better. We gave them eight runs and we’ve got to do better than that,” he said. “That’s a very good ball club we’re playing against and I’m just challenging my kids to get better so we can compete with teams like that.”
Cumberland Gap (8-3) will host Claiborne on Friday.
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|Genna Lake and Tessa Pittman; Taylor Logan and Amber Mills. W — Lake. L — Logan.|
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|Logan Baker and Kiara Coffey; Genna Lake and Tessa Pittman. W — Baker. L — Lake.|