By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
WILLIAMSBURG—The temperature might have been cold, but the bats were hot for South Laurel as the Lady Cardinals rolled over host Williamsburg, 15-0.
In two games, the Lady Cards have outscored their opponents, 33-0.
“It was a district win,” coach James Burns said. “We hit the ball well. It was so cold it was hard to enjoy the game.”
South Laurel (2-0) banged out 16 hits, while Lady Card pitcher Megan Smith allowed just one hit.
“Megan pitched well, but it was hard to grip the ball,” Burns said.
Five runs scored in the top of the first as South Laurel took control of the game from the onset off pitcher Courtney Lawson. South would add eight more in the third, then two in the fifth to end the game with the mercy rule.
C.J. Johnson led things off with a single and stole second. With one out, Amber Hyde singled to drive in Johnson for the 1-0 lead. Hagan Burns followed that with a double that plated Hyde. Another double, this time by Smith, scored Burns. Bailey Miller made it three doubles in a row and another South run as Haley Shelby, who was running for Smith, scored.
Nell Murray grounded out short to first for the second out of the inning, but on the play the Williamsburg firstbaseman tried to throw out Miller at third. The ball got away and Miller came home to make it 5-0.
As the temperature continued to drop, snow flurries started falling, but that still didn’t cool off the South Laurel bats. Eight more runs, on eight hits, crossed home in the top of the third for a 13-0 lead.
Burns, Smith, Miller and Murray opened the inning with four straight singles that scored two runs. Miller then scored when Madyson Morris grounded out to first. A single by Brittany Vandeventer, her second of the game, scored Kaylee Norvell, who was running for Murray to make it 9-0. Johnson and Williams hit back-to-back single to bring Vandeventer home. Then when Hyde reached on a error by the right fielder, Johnson and Williams scored as the lead grew to 12-0. Hyde scored the final run of the inning when Makenzie Powenski doubled to left.
“We’ve been hitting a lot of screamers, line drives,” Burns said. “I hope we can keep that up.”
South added two more runs in the top of the fifth to push its lead to 15-0. Kaylyn Perkins got things started with a single, but she injured herself on the play and Smith came in to run for her. Smith would advance to second and third on passed balls and scored on a single by Norvell, who would score on a Vandeventer single, her third of the game and second RBI.
Williamsburg got a runner on in the bottom of the fifth when Whitney Barnes beat out and infield single, but she was left stranded when Smith got the next three batters out.
The Lady Cards were scheduled to host Rockcastle County last night and McCreary Central tonight.