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Jellico stays perfect in District 2-A softball

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By Dwane Wilder

Brittany Hughes struck out 11 batters Thursday afternoon to help the Jellico High School softball team keep its District 2-A winning streak intact.

The Lady Blue Devils — who haven’t lost a district game this decade — run ruled visiting Hancock County, 13-3, to improve their record to 2-0 in league play and 3-4 overall.

Shortstop Victoria Huddleston had a big day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with an RBI double, three singles. She also scored three runs and stole home twice.

Catcher Noel Tiller collected a pair of doubles and a single, drove in two runs and scored once.

Tabitha Jones had a triple, two singles, an RBI and scored a run. Felicha Davis had a double, 2 RBI and stole home once.

Jellico had beaten the Lady Indians, 9-3, nearly two and a half weeks earlier at Sneedville. Tiller — who normally catches for Hughes — fanned 15 batters during a rare appearance on the mound.

In the most recent meeting of the two teams, Jellico spotted Hancock County a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning before storming back to take the lead with 11 runs over the last four innings.

The Lady Indians scored their first run on a bases-loaded walk and their second on an overthrow at third base.

Huddleston scored on consecutive errors in the bottom of the first. Then, Tiller’s ground-rule double to left field drove in Jessica Elliott to tie the game, 2-2. Hancock County’s Carla McDaniel smacked an RBI double to get the lead back, 3-2, in the top of the second inning.

The Lady Blue Devils pulled ahead for good in the bottom of the second. Davis drove in Jones with a double, and Jellico scored a run on an error.

Tiller scored on an overthrow at second base in the bottom of the third inning. Jones had an RBI single and later stole home to give the Lady Blue Devils an 8-3 advantage.

Tiller doubled in a run in the bottom of the fourth. Davis drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth and later stole home to make it 12-3. Huddleston stole home to end the game.

McDaniel made a valiant attempt to save the Lady Indians. She struck out half a dozen batters while pitching for Hancock County and had a double and a single during her turns at bat.

Holli Gibson also had a single for the Lady Indians (0-5 overall), who left enough runners stranded on base to make a game of it.