Pineville is headed back to the 51st District championship game after pulling away for a 12-2 win over Lynn Camp in Monday’s first round.
The Lady Lions will be looking for their first district title since 2009 when they take on Knox Central on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
“It means everything to our seniors. I’ve coached those two since they were in the sixth grade and they’ve worked so hard for this,” Pineville coach Shari Knuckles said. “This makes back-to-back district finals and now we hope we can bring it home for Pineville.”
Senior Rebecca Lee-Theis allowed just two unearned runs on two hits in the six-inning complete game. She struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.
Freshman outfielder Kameron Jackson tripled twice and scored three runs while junior shortstop Lizzie Lee-Theis singled and doubled to drive in three. Rebecca Lee-Theis and Erica Gambrell also had two hits in the game while Brooke Sanders doubled and Emily Mullins, senior Kelsey Goodin and Brandy Sanders all singled.
Pineville took the lead by scoring five runs in the bottom of the second inning. Rebecca Lee-Theis singled leading off and courtesy runner Sophia Knuckles came around to score on a doubled to center by Brooke Sanders. Sanders took third on the throw home and then scored on Jackson’s grounder to make it 2-0. Jackson reached on an error on the play and later came around to score as Goodin reached on an error in the outfield.
With two out, Gambrell walked and Lizzie Lee-Theis belted a two-run double to left-center to make it 5-0.
Jackson tripled to right with two out in the bottom of the third inning but was left stranded on third.
Meanwhile, Rebecca Lee-Theis sat down the first 11 batters she faced. With two out in the fourth inning LaKylla Medlin blooped a single into shallow right and Destiny Hill lined a base hit to center. Kristin Hollin hit a grounder but was safe on a throwing error as both runners came around to score to bring the Lady Wildcats within 5-2.
“Lynn Camp has a new coaching system this year and they have really worked with them. I mean their defense is awesome,” Knuckles said. “Just about everything we got tonight we earned.”
Lee-Theis went onto retire the final seven batters she faced to hold Lynn Camp to just those two unearned runs.
The Lady Lions got one run back in their half of the fourth as Gambrell beat out an infield single, stole second and came around to score on a throwing error on the play.
Pineville nearly put an end to the game in the bottom of the fifth. Goodin drove in two runs with a base hit and Gambrell and Lizzie Lee-Theis added RBI hits to stretch the lead to 10-2. With runners on second and third and two out, Rebekah Hoskins hit a liner down the third base line but it hit Gambrell and the umpire ruled she was in fair territory so the inning was over.
In the sixth, Brooke Sanders walked ahead of Jackson’s second triple of the game and Brandy Sanders dropped a walk-off single into shallow center to bring Jackson in with the game-clinching run.
“We came out a little bit slow but then we decided to turn it on and started hitting. We’re still sporadic at times with our hitting and leave too many runners on base, but those last two innings the girls decided that everyone that came up was going to get on base,” Knuckles added.
Lynn Camp ends the season with a record of 6-26.
Pineville (12-6) will play Knox Central at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the district championship game. The tournament is being held at Pineville.
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|LaKylla Medlin and Destiny Hill; Rebecca Lee-Theis and Brooke Sanders. W — Lee-Theis. L — Medlin.|