A 14-run, 12-hit attack gave the Lady Raiders a decisive 14-2 win over Jellico Monday afternoon, their second win in as many games. Coming off a 15-2 win over Clarkrange, McCreary kept the offense alive as they took on the Blue Devils.
Led by Senior Cyndol Kiser who went 3-3 at the plate, with one triple, two runs scored and two batted in, the Lady Raiders twice batted around in the three-inning contest as their bats started to warm up.
After going down in order in the top of the first inning, Jellico threatened in their half of the inning but some good defense stopped the Lady Devils cold.
Jellico’s lead-off batter reached on an infield error and the second hitter beat out an infield hit, the Blue Devils had runners on first and second with no outs.
A base hit to center looked to score a run, but Centerfielder Kiser scooped up the ball and fired it home to Catcher Reagan Kidd, who applied the tag to nab the first out of the game.
Pitcher Macey Welchel struck out the next two batters she faced to end the threat.
McCreary broke the game open in the second inning.
Welchel led off with a triple to left, and scored on a Kiser triple one batter later. Kiser would be tagged out trying to score on a passed ball, but the Lady Raiders would continue to pound and scored five runs before finally being retired.
Welchel held Jellico scoreless in the bottom of the frame, setting up an offensive explosion from her team in the top of the third.
After a ground-out to start the inning, Kiser reached on a single and scored on a Shadonna Boyatt double to left. That started a 9-run inning, where 15 batters came to the plate before Jellico could stop the assault.
The Lady Blue Devils managed to push two runs across the plate in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough and the game was called via the 10-run rule.
A 13-1 loss to Cumberland County on Tuesday dropped the Lady Raiders’ record to 2-3.
The Lady Raiders will play a double header in Campbell County on Friday, then play in the Don Franklin Showcase in Somerset on Saturday, starting at 1:30. McCreary will face Scott County, Oneida and Southwestern in the Tournament.
On Monday they travel to Russell County and to Scott County on Tuesday.