It’s all coming together for the Pineville Lady Mountain Lions. They finished as 51st District runners up last season and made their return to the 13th Region Tournament. This year they’ve been at their best against district opponents and followed up Wednesday’s 10-0 win over Knox Central with a 10-0 win over Barbourville.
The Lady Lions are all but assured of being the number one seed for the district tournament, which they will be hosting this year.
“I feel like we came out a little bit sluggish. We scored three runs in the first inning and it was like we weren’t seeing the ball. I had a little conference with them before the fifth inning and we started hitting and it and wound up scoring seven runs,” Pineville coach Shari Knuckles said. “Sometimes it’s hard to stay up two days in a row and we were coming off a 10-0 win in another district seeding game.”
Pineville struck with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Emily Mullins led off with a bunt single and Erica Gamrbell walked. Lizzie Lee-Theis followed with a two-run double and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.
That was more than enough for Rebecca Lee-Theis, turned in a second straight dominant start in the pitcher’s circle. The senior allowed just three hits over five shutout innings while striking out seven and walking one.
“Our pitcher was playing with some raw spots on her foot, but she was able to battle through it,” Knuckles added.
The Lady Lions put the game away with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Lizzie Lee-Theis started the inning with a base hit and went to third as Rebekah Hoskins reached on an error. Rebecca Lee-Theis followed with a two-run triple to make it 5-0. Courtesy runner Sophia Knuckles scored on a hit by Brooke Sanders and Kameron Jordan reached on error as another run scored.
Brandy Sanders delivered an RBI single and two outs later Gambrell walked ahead of Lizzie Lee-Theis’ walk-off two-run triple.
Lizzie Lee-Theis finished with a single, a double and a triple to drive in four runs and scored twice to pace the Pineville offense.
“Ever since I’ve been coaching her at Pineville it always seems like we’ve had sisters on the team. Before it was my daughters and now it the Lee-Theises. It seems like if ones not hitting the other one is. These past few games both of them have been having great games. They stepped up tonight, Lizzie had three hits and a big triple to help us finish off the ten-run rule. Rebecca pitched great and she also hit a triple. Both of those girls have a lot to be proud of.”
Pineville (6-3, 2-0 in district play) hosts Red Bird for a doubleheader on Friday. Barbourville (2-7, 1-1) returns to action on Monday at Corbin.
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|Taylor Logan and Amber Mills; Rebecca Lee-Theis and Brooke Sanders. W — Lee-Theis. L — Logan. |