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May 9, 2014

Corbin takes No. 1 seed with 9-7 win over Lady Cards

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The Corbin Lady Redhounds wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the 50th District softball tournament with a 9-7 win over South Laurel Tuesday.

“We didn’t play well,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “We talked about playing all four aspects of the game and we played them poorly. We had base running mistakes, fielding mistakes, popped up at crucial times and left 500 runners on base.”

Maybe not 500, but South did leave nine runners stranded, including the bases loaded in the first inning and two in the second and fourth innings. South also committed five errors in the game.

“We still battled through all that,” Burns said.

Corbin took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off pitcher Destiney Salva when Lindsey Barton led off with a single that was misplayed in the outfield, allowing her to advance to second. She was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Hannah Hart then scored when Kelly Farley singled. Salva then struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

South tied the game in the bottom of the first as Brittany Vandeventer led things off with a double to right-center and scored on a passed ball. The Lady Cards had the bases loaded with two outs, but pitcher Megan Greene got Salva to fly out to left to end the inning.

The Lady Cards had two runners on with only one out in the second but failed to push either of those runners across.

Corbin took a 3-1 lead in the third when, with one out, Hart and Farley hit back-to-back singles, the Hart scored on a double by Sydney Reynolds. Farley came home when Whitley Gatliff reached on an error to make it 3-1.

South got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning as Makenzie Powenski reached on an error to lead things off, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout by Leslie Dixon. The throw to third got away, allowing Powenski to score.

The Lady Cards retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two runs to make it a 4-3 game.

Kaylee Norvell led the inning off by drawing a walk. Haley Shelby followed by beating out an infield single. After Vandeventer lined out and Madyson Morris struck out, Hagan Burns singled to right-center to score both runners.

Just as quickly as South regained the lead, Corbin took it right back in the top of the fifth.

Barton reached on an error to lead off the inning, but was forced at second by Hart, who was then forced at second on a grounder by Farley. Now with two outs, Reynolds singled to center and Gatliff doubled to left to score Farley. A single by Greene brought home two more runs to make it 6-4.

The see-saw battle continued as South tied the game in the bottom of the inning. After Greene retired the first two batters, Norvell singled, followed by a bunt single by Shelby. Both runners scored when Vandeventer laced a double to left-center, tying the game at 6-6.

The Lady Redhounds again reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs to take a 9-6 lead. Hart had a two-run singled in the inning, then she scored on a double by Reynolds.

South had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh, and the Lady Cards proved they would not go quietly.

Dixon led off with a single to center, but the next two South batters were retired. She then scored when Shelby doubled to left, cutting the lead to 9-7. But that would be as close as the Lady Cards would get as Vandeventer flew out to center to end the game.

“I hope this loss motivates us,” Burns said. “We are both still in the district and will meet again.”

The Lady Cards were scheduled to host Rockcastle County Thursday night then take on Lafayette in Somerset tonight.

South struggles in Lexington

LEXINGTON—The South Laurel Lady Cardinals went 1-2 in the Lafayette Round Robin event last Saturday.

The Lady Cardinals opened play Saturday morning with a 3-1 loss to Taylor County. South’s lone run came when Hagan Burns drove in Leslie Dixon in the sixth inning. Burns took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out five. The Lady Cards committed three errors in the loss

Next up South Laurel rolled over Grant County, 12-6. Destiney Salva was the winning pitcher, going 3.1 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits. Clarke Wyatt pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing two hits while striking out one.

South took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, then added one in the second and three more in the fourth. After scoring a run in the fifth, the Lady Cards would tack four more runs on in the sixth inning. Grant County scored its runs in the third and fourth innings.

Brittany Vandeventer and Madyson Morris both doubled in the game, while Burns had a home run and three RBI. Wyatt also had a homer in the game. Vandeventer drove in two RBI.

South then wrapped up play with a 7-4 loss to Lafayette,

Lafayette led 5-1 after two innings, and added two more runs in the fourth. South would score three times in the sixth.

Wyatt took the loss, going six innings. The Lady Cards committed six errors in the game.

Morris had three hits and scored a run. Vandeventer scored twice and Burns scored the other run. Dixon had a double, while Nell Murray drove in two runs. Burns and Kaylee Norvell also drove in runs.

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