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June 27, 2014

North Laurel advances with 5-1 win over Tri-City

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The 11-12 year-old girls’ all-star softball tournament continued on Wednesday at South London Little League, as the North Laurel All-Stars took on the all-stars of Tri-City in the 11-12 year-old age group. North Laurel was able to score early on in the first inning, and retained their lead the rest of the game with pinpoint pitching and fluid defense in a 5-1 win.

“I’m very glad our defense came to play,” said North Laurel coach Recil Jones, who praised the pitching and defensive efforts of his team who had previously played high scoring offensive games.  Jones pointed out the old saying that “defense wins championships.”

Tri-City started off at bat in the top of the first.  After being walked to first base then stealing second and third, Madison Bailey was able to steal home after a botched connection between the North Laurel pitching duo.  While Tri-City scored on its first batter, this would be the only time in the game they would find home plate.

Gracie Jervis led things off for North at the bottom of the first with a triple, and scored shortly after a single from Morgan Vaughn.  Later on Kinley Jarvis would hit a double then score two RBIs as Vaughn and Haven Houston would both run in. Jarvis herself would score after a single from Taylor Jones before North suffered three outs and went into the second inning ahead 4-1.

North showed off its stellar pitching game in the top of the second, as pitcher Daria Casey was able to score three straight strikeouts before Tri-City could mount any significant offense.

Unfortunately for North, Tri-City was just as stingy on defense, as two caught pop-ups and a strikeout quickly sent North back to the field.

More of the same occurred in the third inning.  Tri-City was able to score a single, but nothing else really connected on offense.  North’s luck wasn’t much better, as they suffered three outs before achieving anything on offense.

The fourth inning saw Casey throwing more strikeouts at the Tri-City offense, which was sent back to the field after only three attempts at bat.

Offensive momentum finally reemerged for North at the bottom of the fourth as a single from Jones allowed Houston to make it 5-1 for her team.  This would be the final time either team scored in the game.

Tri-City couldn’t get the same offensive momentum going in its favor during the top of the fifth, as another strikeout from Casey and two outs at first base quickly tamed the all-stars.

Tri-City would return the defensive favor however, as they were able to score two successive outs at third and first base on a single play, quickly ending the fifth.

North only had to keep Tri-City from scoring in the top of the sixth in order to claim victory, and two more strikeouts, including one that ended the game, and a caught pop-up did just that.  North Laurel will now advance to play Corbin in the winner’s bracket finals tonight at 6 p.m.

“They’ll be a challenge for us,” said Jones on his upcoming showdown with the Corbin All-Stars.  Jones said that he expects the game to be a battle of pitchers and strong defense.  “We’re going to come game ready.”

 

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