LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
During his pre-game talk to his team, South Laurel coach James Burns told his players to come and out get things done against winless Williamsburg.
They did just that, rolling to a 15-0 win in three innings.
“Our talk was to come out, play hard, and whatever happens happens,” Burns said.
While his team wasn’t tested, he did see some good things come out of the game.
“Destiney (Salva) got her first win,” Burns said. “It’s good to see her back after the car accident. And it was a district win. You’ve got to win those. And we fielded the ball well and didn’t make any mistakes.”
The Lady Cards (8-1) scored five runs in the first inning without recording a hit. Williamsburg pitcher Marah Crusenberry had trouble with her control, hitting three batters, walking one, and throwing a wild pitch that allowed a run to score. In fact, she hit nearly as many batters (five) as she allowed hits (six).
Brittany Vandeventer led things off by getting hit by a pitch, then stole second and third. Madyson Morris reached on an error, as did Hagan Burns, which allowed Vandeventer to score the first run. Makenzie Powenski then hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing Leslie Dixon, who was running for Burns, at second. Nell Murray walked to load the bases for Salva, who also drew a walk to force in Morris. Powenski scored on a passed ball, then Kaylyn Perkins was hit by another pitch to once again load the bases. Kaylee Norvell then forced Perkins at second, but Murray scored on the play. Salva then scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.
Williamsburg (0-7) got its lone hit in the top of the second when Kirsten Thomas doubled with two outs then advanced to third on a passed ball, but Salva struck out the next batter to leave the runner stranded at third.
Nine more South Laurel runs crossed home plate in the second and the rout was on.
Vandeventer got things started with a lead-off single, stole second, advanced to third on an error then scored on another error on the throw to third. Morris followed that with an infield single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
After Burns lined out to second, Powenski reached on another error, the fifth of the game for the Lady Yellowjackets. Now with two outs, Salva walked to load the bases for Perkins, who was hit by a pitch to force in Morris. Norvell then doubled to left to clear the bases and make it 10-0. Haley Shelby was hit by a pitch, bringing Vandeventer to the plate as the Lady Cards batted around. She reached on an error, which allowed two more runs to score to make it 12-0. A single by Burns plated two more runners and the lead grew to 14-0.
South ended the game in the bottom of the third when Salva walked to lead things off and scored on a double by Clarke Wyatt to make the final 15-0.
“When we hit the ball we hit it pretty hard tonight,” Burns said.
The Lady Cards are scheduled to play at Rockcastle County tonight and Saturday in the Where’s The Beach Classic. South is scheduled to take on Rowan County tonight and Newport Central Catholic and Shelby County Saturday.