LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The North Laurel 11-12 year-old All-Stars moved one step closer to the state tournament with an 17-1 rout of Corbin in the winner’s bracket finals Friday night at South London.
“We came out and were patient at the plate tonight,” North Laurel coach Recil Jones said. “Our pitching was outstanding. Daria (Casey) did an outstanding job then (Taylor) Jones came in and threw nine pitches to close out the game.”
In three innings of work, Casey allowed one run on no hits while striking out six. The lone Corbin run came in the bottom of the third when Morgan Prewitt walked and later scored on an error. By that time North had already built an 8-1 lead.
A nine-run fourth inning put the game out of reach as the lead grew to 17-1.
North struck for four runs in the top of the first off Corbin pitcher Marissa Scott. Gracie Jervis led things off by getting hit by a pitch, advanced to second and third on passed balls and scored when Morgan Vaughn grounded out to the pitcher.
Kinley Jarvis then reached on an error and scored on a single by Jones. Jones would come around to score on a single by Casey, who also scored on the play thanks to an error to make it 4-0.
Two more North runs came home in the second to make it 6-0.
Jessica Sadlers led things off by drawing a walk, but she didn’t stay on base long as Jervis smacked a two run homer.
North tacked two more runs on in the third as Madison Higgins walked to lead off the inning, then with one out, Jervis singled. Higgins scored on a ground out by Vaughn, then Jervis came home on a single by Haven Houston as the lead grew to 8-0.
Nine more North Laurel runs plated in the fourth inning to make the final 17-1.
Jarvis had a two-run single in the inning as North Laurel send 13 batters to the plate.
“This was a total team effort,” Jones said. “We were focused on offense and defense. I’m very proud of them.”
North Laurel played in the championship game Sunday evening. Should they lose that game, a second championship game will be played tonight. Editor's note: The Sunday game was postponed until Monday night due to weather conditions.