Claiborne High School and Cumberland Gap High School met on the CHS softball diamond April 10 for the second rivalry game of the 2017 season.
The Lady Panthers were coming in to battle against an ever improving Lady Bulldogs team. The Claiborne team got to work early and placed the first five runs on the scoreboard; however, it was during the second inning that the Lady Bulldogs would really extend their lead and place pressure on the visitors.
Cumberland Gap was needing to score a run or two quickly to avoid the run-rule loss and they thought they had done just that at the top of the third when Sammy Pierce crossed the plate. The plate umpire did not call her safe or out meaning the play was still underway. Just before she returned to the plate in case she had missed it, she was tagged out. Immediately some questioning occurred and a discussion between player and plate umpire followed. He did not change his mind after the conversation and the out was officially recorded at home. The Lady Bulldogs went on to get the final out of the inning and the game was called after 3.5 innings. Claiborne had won 13-0 and shut out their rival.
LeeAnn Parker pitched well from the circle as she struck out eight and only gave up three hits. Claiborne had seven hits and Summer Walker finished with 4 RBI. Also recording hits were Regan Cupp, Molly Mallicoat and Isabelle Widner. Widner and Walker also had game changing doubles. The Lady Panthers three hits came off the bat of Sammy Pierce and Alyssa Pierce.
After the big win Coach Steven Cupp said about his team, “Parker had another solid performance in the circle and we hit the ball well tonight. Our team has just got to keep its focus.”
With the win, Claiborne has won both regular season meetings.
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