LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
WILLIAMSBURG—While a 12-0 win looks impressive, South Laurel coach James Burns was anything but impressed after his team’s win over Whitley County.
“When you get rained out two games in a row and you can’t practice you are rusty,” Burns said. “We were off tonight. Our fundamentals are not where they should be.”
While the Lady Colonels were shutout, it wasn’t like they didn’t have opportunities to score, leaving seven runners on base on only two hits, including the bases loaded in the bottom of the first when South Laurel pitcher Hagan Burns hit the first batter she faced, then walked to next two, She then struck out the next two and got the third to ground out to get out of the inning.
“Hagan pitched herself into and out of trouble,” Burns said.
The Lady Cards used small ball to open the game and take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Brittany Vandeventer laid down a bunt single and stole second. Madyson Morris bunted her to third, then Burns drew a walk. Kenzie Jervis came in to run for Burns. A single off the bat of Makenzie Powenski drove in both runs to make it 2-0. Powenski would score on a single by Kaylyn Perkins.
South added four more runs in the top of the second to push its lead to 7-0.
With one out, Leslie Dixon beat out a bunt single then scored when Vandeventer lined a single off the foot of the Whitley County pitcher as the ball ended up in left field. A double by Burns drove in Vandeventer to make it 5-0. Jervis again came into run for the South pitcher.
Powenski reached on an error in left, which allowed Jervis to score. Powenski came home on a double by Nell Murray to make it 7-0.
Burns again struggled with her control in the bottom of the inning, walking the first batter then giving up a single. But she came back to strike out the next three batters to once again get out of a jam.
Two more runs scored for South in the top of the third as Dixon walked with two outs, stole second and scored on a single by Vandeventer, who would score when Morris doubled to left-center.
The Lady Cards made it 11-0 in the fourth inning when Powenski and Perkins scored on a single by Kaylee Norvell. South added a its final run in the fifth inning when Powenski doubled, stole third on scored on a ground out by Murray to make the final 12-0.
“We have to learn to be more focused,” Burns said. “We weren’t in battling practice or on the bus ride over here. Then we dropped fly balls during warm-ups. We have to learn that once you get on the bus you have to be ready for the game. But anytime you can’t play your best and win, that’s pretty good.”
The Lady Cardinals played in a tournament in Rowan County over the weekend and are scheduled to travel to Bell County Tuesday.