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Knight freshman Jess Terry wins pitchers’ duel against University

March 30, 2019

ONA — Cabell Midland wrapped up Sluggerfest softball pool play Friday with a 3-0 win over University in a game featuring two dominant pitchers at the Knights’ Paul Adams Field.

The Knights’ Jess Terry had a perfect game through three innings until she walked the Hawks’ leadoff hitter to begin the fourth. The freshman didn’t allow a hit until the first batter of the fifth inning singled. She allowed just two hits the entire game and lasted the full seven innings.

Terry, a freshman, said she wasn’t aware she’d had a perfect game and smiled when told she struck out eight.

“My screw (ball) and rise ball were working the best for me,” Terry said. “No one talked about it (in the dugout) but I didn’t even know (about the perfect game).”

Cabell Midland (9-2) needed

a strong outing from whomever pitched as the Knights managed just one run through the fifth inning.

Kirya Kingery led off the bottom of the first inning with a blooper that landed just inches into fair territory in right field and took a favorable bounce into the corner. The speedy Kingery made it to third base where she was held up by coach Herman Beckett, but ran through the stop sign.

“I just went on my own,” the senior shortstop said.

Kingery made it home just ahead of the tag.

From there, University (3-5) got outstanding pitching of its own from Autumn Stemple, who threw a complete game and allowed four hits through five innings and also struck out eight.

Two hits she surrendered came in the first inning and included Kingery’s inside-the-park home run. Stemple allowed one hit in the third and one in the fourth.

“She started the game throwing everything down the middle,” Cabell Midland’s Mikayla Ferguson said. “Then she started moving the ball around.”

Ferguson and Kingery said Stemple’s movement from her curveball, riseball and changeup kept the Knights off-balance until the sixth inning.

Megan Nethercutt, a junior who came off the bench after slugger Rielly Lucas left the game because of an arm injury, hit a one-out single to right field. Sydney Chapman followed with a double and, two batters later, Jaelyn Lowe brought in both runners with a double.

Terry struck out two of the three batters she faced in the top of the seventh to retire University in order.

The game was the first of three consecutive games the University Hawks played Friday including matchups with Wheelersburg and Hurricane.

Once games were concluded late Friday, seeds for the single-elimination tournament Saturday were to be determined for the 13-team field.

Spring Valley coaches expected the Timberwolves, having surrendered just one run in their three games and matched Cabell Midland’s pool play record, would be the top seed. Spring Valley breezed through pool play with wins Thursday against Wheelersburg and Grafton. Then the Timberwolves defeated Cross Lanes Christian 19-0 in six innings Friday.