LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
MOREHEAD—The South Laurel Lady Cardinals captured the Rowan County Invitational softball tournament over the weekend.
South went 3-0 while defeating Rowan County in the championship game, 4-1.
“I thought we played really good,” Burns said. “We made one error in the entire tournament, and received some great pitching.”
Senior Hagan Burns continues to dominate on the mound, and improved to 5-0 on the season after posting three wins in the tournament while allowing only two earned runs.
“Hagan is pitching really good right now,” Burns said. “Our pitching was great. She had a two-run homer hit against her, but other than that, I thought she did a great job.”
Many were expecting South Laurel (5-0) to get off to slow start after losing some key players to graduation which has forced Burns to start two eighth graders and a handful of sophomores into the line-up, but so far, so good.
“I expected us to start off a little slow early,” Burns said. “Especially with us having to play players in a lot of positions they’ve not played in before, but they have really done well.
“They really work very hard, and they listen so well,” he added. “When they do make a mistake, they listen, and correct it. I’m really pleased with the way we are playing right now. We’re not hitting the ball great, we left 10 runners on base in the championship game, but we’re playing hard and improving.”
The Lady Cardinals opened the tournament with a 5-2 win over Maggoffin County Friday and followed with an 11-0 win over Menifee County before rolling past the Lady Vikings, 4-1.
Madyson Morris, Hagan Burns and Leslie Dixon each led the way with two hits apiece in the win against Maggoffin County, as Burns also hit a two-run homer in the victory.
Makenzie Powenski had a double, triple and three RBI during South Laurel’s win over Menifee County while Nell Murray led the team with four RBI and finished the game with two hits along with Hagan Burns, Kaylee Norvell and Haley Shelby.
Murray struck again with three hits in the title game while Hagan Burns and Shelby each added two apiece.
“I thought we beat three really good teams this past weekend,” Burns said. “We were able to get away and play some good softball.
“We were also able to go up against three solid pitchers,” he added. “It’s still a work in progress, but we are improving each game, and the girls are having fun. The girls have really bonded well and they are really close to each other. Overall, I thought we played really good.”