Mercer County softball pitcher Gabby Banks isn’t the team’s everyday starter, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell that Thursday evening as she helped lead the Lady Titans to a, 4-2, victory over the Boyle County Lady Rebels.
The Lady Titans hadn’t beat the Lady Rebels since April 13, 2010, but Banks changed that. The sophomore pitched all seven innings, allowing seven hits and striking out three batters. The most impressive part of her performance, though, was that she held the Rebels to only two runs, five less than their season average of 7.05.
Even though she had just pitched one of the best games of her career, Banks gave her teammates all of the praise.
“I wasn’t pitching very much at the beginning of the season, but I’ve started to pitch more here recently,” said Banks. “My teammates really backed me up tonight. It gives me a lot of confidence when I am pitching because I know they are behind me and are going to give 110 percent to get the ball.”
It didn’t appear it was going to be such smooth sailing in the top of the first inning. The Lady Rebels had the bases loaded, but Banks and the Lady Titans defense denied them any runs.
Mercer County failed to score in the bottom of the first inning and Boyle County followed suit in the top of the second.
The Lady Titans broke through in the bottom of the second.
Morgan Reed got on base with one out after being walked to get things started for the Lady Titans. The following batter, Banks, hit a single to left field.
Mercer County got on the board when the next batter, Kaylee Gibson, hit a long double over Boyle County right-fielder Karibeth Elliott’s head, scoring Reed.
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