May 7, 2014

Jaguars split two at Scott County

By Mitch Howard
Sports Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — GEORGETOWN—North Laurel split a pair of games over the weekend at Scott County. A 4-2 win over Ryle Friday extended North Laurel’s winning streak to four games. The streak ended Saturday with a 6-2 loss to Scott County.

“I was pleased with the way we played both games,” North Laurel coach Darren McWhorter said. “Scott County is really good. Ryle beat Scott County 6-2 on Saturday as well.”

Friday’s game

North Laurel 4, Ryle 2

North Laurel scored all the runs it needed early with Logan Mallory on the mound. Mallory, coming off a no-hitter against Bryan Station, allowed just three hits with 10 strikeouts.

“Mallory threw another good game,” McWhorter said. “We played well, but we did leave runners on and could have scored more with a timely hit.”

The Jaguars opened the scoring in the second inning. Austin Thompson reached on an error and scored on a single by Cole Lewis. The Jaguars added three more runs in the third inning. Weston Griebel, Zach Hurley, and Thompson opened the inning with consecutive singles and all would score. Lewis also had an RBI single in the inning.

Ryle was held hitless until a single with two outs in the fourth inning. Brady Ast led off the fifth inning with a walk and later scored on a single by Mason Forbes. Forbes would later score on a wild pitch.

Saturday’s game

Scott County 6, North Laurel 2

“We actually played well against Scott County,” McWhorter said. “We hit the ball well and they made some great plays on defense.”

Scott County opened the scoring in the first inning when Bo Saunders walked and scored on a two-out single by Chase Martin. They would add another run in the second inning when No. 8 hitter Matt Malesick led off with a double and scored on an error.

Two walks led to two more runs in the fourth inning as Scott County took a 4-0 lead.

“Zach Hurley pitched well, but they had balls bloop for hits and slow-roller infield hits,” McWhorter said.

Lukas Mudd picked up the win for the Cardinals. Mudd held North Laurel scoreless on three hits through the first five innings. The Jaguars would break through with a pair of runs in the sixth. Austin Thompson started the rally with a one-out single. Cole Lewis reached on an error with two outs. Austin Rudder followed with an RBI single for a 4-2 score.

Weston Griebel relieved Hurley in the fifth inning. Scott County rounded out the scoring with a pair of runs in the sixth inning on a two-run homer by Tanner Blankenship.

“He left a hanging curve with the wind blowing out to left field,” McWhorter said.

North Laurel was scheduled to host Pulaski County Tuesday and Harlan County Thursday.