LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A night after losing a heartbreaker to North Laurel, the South London 9-10 Girls All Stars had their heart broken again. Pulaski County scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to escape with a 5-4 win and advance to the championship game against North Laurel.
“It just came down to the wire,” South London coach Christina North said. “I thought we were going to come back and beat North, but they got us in the last inning too.”
South London rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning after Emily Dalton had held Pulaski County hitless through the first five innings.
“Emily Dalton pitched a great game. You couldn‘t ask for better,” North said. “They’ve got great pitchers too.”
South London struck in the first inning with Gracie Jervis stroking a leadoff single and scoring on a wild pitch. Kenzie Jervis walked, but was stranded at third. Two runners were left in scoring position in the second inning with Jasmine Lewis drawing a walk, followed by an Alexandra Morris single.
“We could have scored a little bit more runs,” North said.
Pulaski County was not able to hit Dalton, but did take a 3-1 lead in the second inning with the help of six walks.
The 3-1 lead held up until the fourth inning when Lewis walked and scored on a single by Morris. South London took the lead in the fifth inning with a two-out rally. Kenzie Jervis reached on an error, followed by a walk to Dalton. Jervis scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. South London went ahead when a hard single by Karly Johnson plated Dalton.
“We played them once before and just beat them by one. I knew they were going to be competitive and come back. They’re a good team,” North said.
Pulaski County was still hitless and down to its final at bat in the sixth inning. Haley Brock led off with a walk. Kaithlyn Gwin followed with a soft single just over the first baseman. Jenna Wood singled to drive in the tying run. No. 9 hitter Taylor Young singled, but it was an error on the play that allowed the winning run to score.
“Our girls were ready to play today. They played a great game,” North said.