By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
MIDDLESBORO—A two-run triple by Marcus Carson in the top of the seventh broke a 7-7 tie and lifted the North Laurel Jaguars to a 10-8 win over Middlesboro Saturday.
“We played better defensively and hit the ball well,” coach Darren McWhorter said as his team picked up their first win of the season.
Logan Mallory got the Jaguar scoring started in the top of the first when his grand slam gave North a 5-0. Marcus Carson doubled to lead off the game then scored on a single by Cole Lewis. Zach Hurley and Austin Thompson both walked to load the bases for Mallory, who responded with a grand slam.
Middlesboro came right back in the bottom of the inning off Austin Thompson, scoring three runs on RBIs by Brian Hale and Tyler Yoakum to cut the lead to 5-3.
North made it 6-3 in the top of the second when Lewis doubled and scored on a Hurley single. Then in the top of the third, Ethan Maxey hit a solo home run to up the lead to 7-3.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth when Middlesboro scored three runs to cut the lead to 7-6. Lucas Crawford’s double scored two runs, then John Millett singled to drive in another. Then in the bottom of the sixth, Yoakum doubled and scored on a Brandyn Ball single, tying the game at 7-7.
In the top of the seventh, Mallory walked, and with one out, Jake McWhorter also drew a walk, bringing Austin Rudder to the plate. His single drove in one run for an 8-7 lead. After Byron Rice grounded out, the Yellowjackets elected to pitch to Carson with runners on second and third, and he made them pay for that with a triple that drove in two runs for a 10-7 lead.
Mallory then ran into trouble on the mound, walking the bases loaded with one out. McWhorter brought in Carson, who got Ball to hit a one hopper back to him for an out, but a run scored on the play. Carson then struck out Ryan Pittman to end the game.
“Marcus played great hitting and pitching,” McWhorter said. “And Logan (Mallory) and Ethan (Maxey) both had big home runs.”
The Jaguars were scheduled to host Pulaski County Monday night, but that game was called due to rain. North is now off until Friday, when the Jaguars travel to take on South Laurel.