LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The North Laurel 9-10 year-old all-stars completed their march to the state tournament with a convincing 18-1 win over Pulaski County Friday night in the district finals at South London.
In three games the North All-Stars allowed only one hit in dominating its opponents.
“The difference tonight is we hit the ball,” North Laurel coach Wes Griebel said. “We told the girls before the game it’s up to them and to not leave any doubts. Just to play their game.”
Any doubts of a North Laurel win was gone after the first inning where Griebel’s team struck for six runs. North would add a single run in the second, four in the third, then seven in the fourth inning.
“We played an all around good game and tournament,” Griebel said. “We got the bat on the ball and got solid pitching.” Emily Sizemore picked up the win for North Laurel.
Already leading 6-0, North tacked a solo run on in the second when Sizemore walked and later scored to make it 7-0.
Pulaski County scored its lone run, and the only run North gave up the entire tournament, in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 7-1.
Four more runs came home for North Laurel in the fourth inning, highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Sizemore and Rick Collett to up the lead to 11-1.
Tia Gambrel led off with a single and scored on a single by Hallie Proffitt. Proffitt would then come home when Sizemore smacked a two-run homer. Collett followed with a monster shot that almost cleared the center field fence to give her team a 10-run lead, 11-1.
North then struck for seven more runs in the top of the fourth to complete the 18-1 rout.
Kaite Bruner reached on an error, and Kinsley Blair followed with a single. They both came home when Gambrel reached on another error. Gambrel would score on a wild pitch, then Madison Parman walked.
Parman would score on a triple by Sizemore as she was dominating on the mound and at the plate. A single by Collett drove home Sizemore to make it 16-1. A double by Maylee Philpot brought Collett around to score. Philpot would steal third then score on an error to make the final 18-1.
Pulaski County had the bases loaded with two outs, but Sizemore got the final batter to strike out to end the game.
“I’m very pleased with the way we played,” Griebel said. “This team is very coachable and we had solid execution.”
North Laurel now advances to the state tournament which will be held in Springfield.