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May 14, 2014

Lady Cards fall to Lady Lions, 6-4

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The South Laurel Lady Cardinals suffered their fourth loss in their last six games, falling 6-4 to Garrard County Monday night.

“We didn’t play well,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “We’ve not played well the last two weeks.”

It was Senior Night, as South said good-bye to Hagan Burns and Nell Murray.

“Senior Night is always awful,” Burns said. “They are thinking of anything but the game.”

Once again leaving runners stranded cost the Lady Cards, as they left seven runners on base in the loss.

Garrard County took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, chasing starter Destiney Salva from the game as she struggled to find her control, walking three batters in the inning and allowing two hits. She was replaced by Clarke Wyatt, who fanned the last batter to end the inning.

After Salva retired the first two batters, Randa Morris doubled to right, and Lauren Patrick came in as a courtesy runner. Salva walked the next two batters to load the bases, but Patrick scored when Murray’s throw back to Salva got away for an error. Salva then gave up a single to Hunter Clem, scoring Hailey McCulley to make it 2-0. Another walk was issued to Maddie Day, loading the bases and forcing Burns to pull Salva and replace her with Wyatt, who struck out Logan Ellis to end the inning.

The Lady Lions added another run in the top of the third as Elizabeth Padgett and Sis Logan led off with back-to-back singles. Rachyl Lyons then flew out to Kaylee Norvell in left, who threw a strike into home to get Padgett. Morris then singled in Jayden Morris, who had come in as a courtesy runner for Logan. A walk to McCulley and a single by Katie Fitzpatrick loaded the bases before Wyatt got Clem to ground out to third to end the inning.

The Lady Lions added another run to make it 4-0 in the fifth inning. Meanwhile, Clem was keeping the South Laurel hitters at bay until the bottom of the sixth, when the Lady Cardinals offense finally woke up, coring three runs to tie the game at 4-4.

“We were swinging at bad pitches tonight,” Burns said.

With one out, Makenzie Powenski doubled to left, and Murray and Dixon followed with singles to load the bases for Salva, who had taken over in the circle in the fifth inning. She helped herself with a bases-clearing triple and suddenly the game was tied. South could have taken the lead, having Salva on third with only one out, but Norvell fanned and Haley Shelby grounded out to third to end the inning.

Just when it looked like South Laurel had the momentum, Garrard snatched it right back when Lyons smacked a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to make it 6-4. The Lady Cards tried to rally in the bottom of the inning with two runners on and two outs, but Murray grounded out to end the game.

“We were in the game and I thought we would come back and win it in the bottom of the seventh,” Burns said. “We had the top of the order up and had two runners on but just couldn’t get them in. It’s like writing a book. You control the ending but we just couldn’t get them in. Give Garrard credit. We hit good balls and they fielded them. They didn’t hurt themselves.”

The Lady Cards traveled to Madison Southern Tuesday night, then travel to Middlesboro Thursday night then wrap-up the regular season by hosting Estill County Friday.

“It doesn’t get any easier,” Burns said. “We’ve just got to refocus.”

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