LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The South Laurel Cardinals offense exploded on Saturday in sweeping a doubleheader from Williamsburg. South then beat Knox Central Monday night, 8-0.
South took the first game, 10-0, behind a 13 strikeout performance by Trey Martin, then took the nightcap, 16-0.
“Our bats came alive,” South Laurel coach Wynn Harris said. “Trey (Martin) pitched and great game in game one and Brennan Miller was very efficient in game two. Both pitched strong games. We have to be consistent with our pitching.”
South Laurel 10, Williamsburg 0
The Cardinals scored in all but one of the six innings in a 10-0 win over the Yellowjackets.
South took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when, with two outs, Trey Martin reached on an error and scored on a single by Zach Allen. The Cards made it 3-0 in the second when Taylor Morris led off with a single to center, stole second, and scored when Brennan Miller reached on an error. Miller would score on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Tucker Martin when he slide in under the tag.
Another run crossed home plate in the third as Allen and Braden Miller reached on back-to-back errors with one out, After Morris flew out, Brennan Miller walked to load the bases for Derek Spurlock, who singled in Allen to make it 4-0.
Martin was untouchable on the mound over the final three innings, striking out the side in each inning.
After no scoring in the fourth, South scored four runs in the fifth to up the lead to 8-0.
Braden Miller doubled to lead off the inning, and Morris followed with a single that drove in Miller. A single by Brennan Miller scored Morris. With two outs, Joe Gaines walked and Daniel Neal followed with a single to drive in both runners.
South added two more runs in the sixth when Allen walked and Braden Miller reached on an error. With runners on second and third, Morris singled to right, scoring both to make the final 10-0.
South Laurel 16, Williamsburg 0
The Cardinals exploded for 16 runs on 16 hits in cruising to the 16-0 win.
Daniel Neal and Braden Miller both homered in a nine-run first inning for South Laurel. Neal’s was a two-run homer while Miller’s was a three-run one. Neal also had an RBI single in the inning, driving in Joe Gaines, who had doubled. Trey Martin also doubled in the inning.
South tacked three more runs in the second then four in the third to complete the 16-0 win. Brennan Miller had an RBI single in the fourth as did Trey Martin.
“We are just trying to get better and prepare for the district tournament,” Harris said. After dropping four games in a row, the Cards have now won five by a combined score of 46-1.
“This is just another step forward,” Harris said.
South Laurel 8, Knox Central 0
South Laurel scored a run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Zach Allen. The Cards added six runs in the sixth inning on a two-run triple by Joe Gaines, an RBI double by Allen, and a two-run single by Braden Miller. Gaines had two extra-base hits. Allen allowed two hits, five walks and struck out eight. Added one more run in the top of the seventh when Tucker Martin scored on a wild pitch.
“Bats came alive again,” Harris said. “Got a really good effort from Zach. Defense was solid. I happy with the way we are playing. Just trying to make sure we go through the process of getting better everyday. Not overlooking anyone and playing hard.”
The Cards were scheduled to travel to Rockcastle County Tuesday night, then play in the Scott McAninch Memorial tournament this weekend in Pulaski County.