Corbin homers, Bolton sisters no-hit Rebels
Jemison’s 10-0 win over Thorsby in five innings April 4 proved to be a family affair, as sisters Kinley Bolton and Kennise Bolton combined to no-hit the Rebels.
Kinley Bolton started the game and struck out five batters in four innings, while Kennise Bolton closed it out with a pair of strikeouts in one inning of relief.
According to Jemison head coach Nathan Hayes, some girls have been banged up with injuries throughout the season, but the younger girls have done an excellent job of helping to fill the void.
As a freshman, Kinley Bolton is one of those underclassmen that have come through when called upon.
“She [Kinley] still hasn’t given up a run this year and that’s pitching in about six or seven games for us,” Hayes said.
Hannah Rose Corbin led off the game and wasted no time making her presence known, as she smacked a home run over the right field fence.
“I’ve been preaching to her that people are going to throw her outside and to hit it opposite field,” Hayes said. “She hit a home run in the county tournament opposite field and now she hit it today opposite field.”
Just like that the Panthers were off and running and went on to score two more runs in the second inning, five in the third and two in the fifth.
McKenzie Cleckley and Kelsey Lowery each had two RBIs to lead Jemison. Cleckley hit a two-run double to put punctuation on the game and result in a run-rule ending.
It was a tough game for the Thorsby defense and starting pitcher Lindsey Burnett.
The Rebels committed four errors in the field, and Burnett threw six wild pitches and hit three batters as she struggled with her command.
However, a bright spot defensively for Thorsby was the play behind the plate from Madisyn Ellison.
Ellison threw out three Jemison runners in the first couple of innings that were either attempting to steal or enjoying too comfortable of a lead.
She showed the ability to quickly read a situation and the confidence in her arm strength to turn it into an out.
It was the first game for either team since returning from spring break.
“We had a little rust in certain areas, but we were able to bounce back and just do what we do,” Jemison first baseman Erristen Evans said.
Prior to the game, the entire Jemison team gathered in a circle around the No. 12 painted on the grass behind the shortstop position. The number was worn by former teammate Jessica Paschal, who recently died.
Taking a moment to gather in left field as a remembrance of Paschal is something that has become commonplace before Panther home games.
“It has brought the whole community together, but especially us softball girls,” Evans said. “It means a lot.”