While the weather outside has turned cold, again, the Lynn Camp Lady Cats remained hot with a 12-2 win over Pineville on Monday.
The victory extends Lynn Camp’s win streak to three while cementing the Lady Cats’ place in program history for the best start ever after seven games at 5-2.
Previous to this season, the best seven-game start in program history for the Lady Cats was 4-3 in 2016.
And while Coach Nikki Hendrix is most certainly pleased with that accomplishment, it is the Lady Cats’ 3-1 record against district opponents that she is most impressed with. As it currently stands, Lynn Camp has a firm grip on the number two seed in the post-season District 51 Tournament.
On Monday, the first game for the Lady Cats in more than week, Lynn Camp jumped on Pineville hard with four runs in the first inning. While Pineville was able to hold the Lady Cats scoreless in the second inning, eight runs over the next three innings put the icing on the cake and ended the game after five innings on the mercy rule.
Lynn Camp got a big game from its cleanup hitter, Makenzie Grant, who went 3-for-4, with a home run, a double, three RBI and three runs scored. She also stole a base.
Katie Miller also swung a big stick for the winners with a 2-for-3 effort that included a game-high four RBI and one run scored. She had a double and stole a base in the win.
Halle Mills, an eighth grader who is making a name for herself as one of the top young talents in the 13th Region, went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. One of her hits was a home run. She also stole two bases.
Erin Holland had one hit and stole a base to go with two RBI and three runs scored for the winners, followed by Julia Shepherd with one hit, one steal, and two runs scored in three at bats.
Olivia Dozier added one hit and one RBI for Lynn Camp. Kaley Hendrickson and Madyson Roberts came up with one hit apiece.
Hailey Mills added one run and one RBI to the winner’s totals.
Roberts continued to be very effective on the mound for Lynn Camp by throwing strikes on 70 percent of her pitches in the complete game victory. The freshman allowed two runs on four hits and one walk, while striking out seven. She threw a first-pitch strike to 16 of the 23 batters she faced.
After hosting Bell County on Tuesday as the paper went to press, Lynn Camp will hit the road for 14 straight games, starting with Middlesboro on Thursday, Jackson County on Friday, and then against Breathitt County and Owsley County on Saturday. The Friday and Saturday games are part of the Martin’s Peterbilt Classic being held at Jackson County High School in McKee.