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June 9, 2014

Lady Maroons power past South Laurel

Loss to Madisonville-North Hopkins eliminates Lady Cards from tourney

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — OWENSBORO—Madisonville-North Hopkins flexed its muscles to send South Laurel home with an 11-1 loss Friday in the Worth/KHSAA Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament. The Lady Maroons slugged a pair of home runs in the first three innings to build a 9-1 lead. They would end the game with another home run in the sixth inning.

“Nobody has faced teams with that power. They lead the state in home runs. One through nine they can hit it and when they hit it (the ball) goes a long way,” South Laurel coach James Burns said.

Even when they fell behind early, Burns said his team’s effort never stopped. The best example came in the third inning after a home run gave the Lady Maroons a 9-1 lead. Left fielder Kaylee Norvell and centerfielder Haley Shelby went down in a nasty collision. Both would be down several minutes and leave the game, but while still lying on her back Shelby held up her glove with the ball still inside for the umpire to see.

“They never gave up. Actually if we had that collision in the first inning we may have played better. We played better once that happened,” Burns said.

Madisonville North-Hopkins took a 1-0 lead in the first inning then added five more runs in the second inning. The big blow in the second was a three-run homer by Heather Webb. Two errors on bunts helped set up the big innings.

“What killed us was our bunt coverage and that’s been good all year,” Burns said.

South Laurel would get one run back in the bottom of the second. Nell Murray continued her strong tournament with a leadoff single. With two outs, Norvell and Shelby’s back-to-back singles drove in the run.

When the first two batters of the third inning reached base, Hagan Burns was replaced on the mound with Destiney Salva.

“They were just hitting Hagan and we wanted to give them something different to look at. She came in and pitched a real good game,” Burns said.

The first batter Salva faced, Ryleigh Oldham, smacked a three-run homer. The next hitter drove a deep fly ball that led to the Shelby-Norvell collision. Salva would retire 11 straight batters beginning with the collision.

With two outs in the sixth, Hailey Rodgers was hit by a pitch and Mallory Peyton connected with a two-run homer for a 10-run lead.

“Overall for the season, we had a wonderful year. We’ve got a great bunch of girls, a great experience,” Burns said. “We played three really good teams up here.”

 

mhoward@sentinel-echo.com

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