By Mitch Howard
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
STEARNS—The North Laurel Jaguars rolled to their second straight easy win with a 13-0 rout of McCreary Central on Monday. It came on the heels of a 12-0 win at Barbourville last week.
“We didn’t score in the first inning, which is the same thing that happened in the (Barbourville) game. Then they kind of locked in after that,” North Laurel coach Darren McWhorter said.
After the scoreless first inning, Austin Thompson singled to get the Jaguars started in the second. Thompson scored on a double by Logan Mallory. After a walk to Austin Rudder, Cole Lewis drove in two runs with a double. That was followed by an RBI triple for Carson for a 4-0 lead. Carson would go 2-for-4 with a pair of triples.
“He probably could have had two in-the-park home runs. I held him up on one when the cutoff man dropped the ball. The other one he tripped and fell at first base and still got a triple,” McWhorter said.
That would be plenty of runs for North Laurel with Thompson and Rudder teaming up for the shutout. Thompson pitched the first three innings, allowing two hits. Rudder held the Raiders hitless in the last two innings.
The Jaguars tacked on a run in the third inning. Zach Hurley doubled and scored on an error. An eight-run fourth inning for North Laurel included RBI singles from Thompson, Mallory, and Weston Griebel. Griebel also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third. Carson stroked an RBI triple.
Thompson and Mallory both had two-hit nights for the Jaguars against McCreary starter Chase Terry.
“(McCreary Central) only had two errors. We were just putting the bat on the ball. Defensively we made the plays and the pitchers threw strikes,” McWhorter said. “(Terry) didn’t throw real hard. He didn’t overpower. That’s about to change the rest of the week we’ll be seeing some guys with a little more velocity and better off speed stuff.”
The Jaguars were scheduled to face Hazard Tuesday night and Corbin Friday. Saturday North Laurel hosts a double header with Harlan County at noon, followed by Williamsburg.
“The rest of the week we really need to be locked in with Hazard, Corbin, and Harlan County. Those teams right there are your upper echelon of the region. Hazard is probably the best team on paper in the 14th Region at 18-4 record coming in,” McWhorter said.