Wildcats Stake Their Claim As Dominate Team In County

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
Paxton Dominates As Lincoln Wins At Kaysinger Tourney
By Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
On Friday night in Cole Camp, Lincoln defeated La Monte 15-0 in the first round  on their way to winning the Kaysinger Conference tournament. With threats of rain during the week and  the moving of games around, the Lady Cardinals simply dominated the competition.
Aleah Paxton pitched the four inning contest allowing no runs on two hits, one walk and struck out two. The top seeded Lady Cardinals scored ten runs in the second thanks to singles by Lyndsey Koll, Jenna Vandaveer, Haley Elbeling and Chloe Reese and a double by Haley Mackey. Vandaveer put on a base running clinic throughout the tournament. Their defense was solid with no errors. 
On Saturday morning at nine, the Cardinals beat Smithton 7-1. However, for  most of the game it was tied at one. The Lady Cardinals didn’t dominate as it was a well played close game most of the way. Lincoln, however,would have their usual big inning, this time in the sixth to put the game away Miss Ross would pitch a wonderful game as she slow pitched the Lady Cardinals and they couldn’t gain their timing until the sixth. Alexis Harms broke the tie with a double scoring two runs. Then Cadyn Paxton would double, Vandaveer would single and the gates opened.
Smithton committed two costly errors while Lincoln committed three. Vandaveer went 3-4 on the game. Harms was 2-3 with two ribbies. Paxton would strike out 16 batters in the seven inning game.
Then in the championship game, after the girls were treated to some tacos by the Reese family, the Lady Cardinal’s went back to work and shut out Green Ridge 15-0. Again, Paxton was on her game as she struck out eight and gave up three hits in the five inning contest. Lincoln pretty much ended the speculation early as they scored five in the first, two in the second, two in the third and five in the fourth. Vandaveer, the left hand hitting freshman, was 2-3 with a walk. Haley Ebeling was 2-3 with a ribbies and walked twice. She pulls the defense in on third and then pokes the ball pass third or into left field time and time again.
It is one thing to have a good pitcher but you have to also have a good catcher and Lincoln has a dandy in Haley Mackey. She went 1-1 with a ribbie and a walk and allowed very few balls to get by her on the day. Lincoln allowed just one run in the tournament.
It was a beautiful day and the Lady Cardinals have a scrapbook of great memories to keep them company throughout the years.