The Claiborne Lady Bulldogs softball team mixed it up with the Lady Bears from Harlan County April 12 under beautiful skies and great weather.
It was evident early on that the Lady Bulldogs had better be ready because the Lady Bears came in with strong, tall athletes that looked like the making of a small college team. Not only did they have size but they had speed and fast bats.
The visiting team placed a run on the board during the first, second, third and fifth innings and added two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Both teams had nine hits but Claiborne only managed one run. Marilyn Smith got an inside the park home run to break the goose egg on the scoreboard and that happened at their final at bat. The final score was 6-1.
In the circle, Claiborne threw two Lady Bulldogs including Rachel Cupp and Kaylee Cox. The two combined to throw four strikeouts and gave up nine hits.
The Lady Bears had Destiny Jenkins in the circle and she tossed seven strikeouts and gave up one run on nine hits.
Allison Noah had three hits to lead Claiborne and Katie Imber along with Isabelle Widner had two hits each.
Coach Steven Cupp said this about the game, ” I thought the girls played hard. Both Rachel and Kaylee pitched the ball well. I wish we could have got some more hits. Harlan has a very good program an is a large school.”
Reach Allen Earl at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @pitchadude.