LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
South London’s run in the girls’ 9-10 year old district tournament came to an end Wednesday night in heartbreaking fashion, falling to Corbin, 4-3, in seven innings.
“This was a tough one,” South London coach Keith Jervis said. “But we played great and I saw improvement in every game we played.”
After falling to Pulaski County, South had to battle its way through the consolation bracket, where it defeated Tri-City before falling to Corbin.
Katie Jervis pitched a gem of a game for South London, striking out 20 batters in the loss.
“She threw really well,” Jervis said of his daughter’s performance. “I’m proud of her, as I am of the whole team.”
Corbin struck first in the top of the first for the early 1-0 lead when Shelby Stewart walked, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on an error.
South London tied the score in the bottom of the second as Brooklyn Riley led off with a single and later scored when Jervis grounded out to first.
Corbin’s Lauren Steely tripled with one out in the top of the third, but Jervis struck out the next two batters to leave her stranded. South London then took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Allie Bartley led off with a single to right and Halee Valentine reached on an error. Bartley was tagged out at third when Jaylen Lewis hit into a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Riley walked to load the bases. Valentine and Lewis would both score on wild pitches from Corbin’s Amber Partin to give South a 3-1 advantage.
It stayed that way until the top of the fifth, when Corbin scored a run to cut the lead to 3-2. Corbin would tie the game in the top of the sixth as Becky Stewart and Julia Sheppard led off with back-to-back triples and Stewart scored. Corbin had the bases loaded with two outs before Jervis got Steely to ground out to second to end the inning.
Corbin would take a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning when Allie Grubb walked, advanced to second and third on passed balls, then scored on a single by Becky Stewart. South London went down in order in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“We are a really young team,” Jervis said. “I have eight nine-year-olds. They worked hard and improved with every game.”