By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Going into Tuesday night’s 50th District softball matchup with Williamsburg, the South Laurel Lady Cardinals had two goals: To have 15 hits and no errors.
Even though they met only one of those goals (they ended up with 12 hits) it was good enough as the Lady Cardinals blanked the Lady Yellowjackets, 10-0.
“This was one of those take care of business games,” coach James Burns said. “It was a district game and they are one of the three teams we’ve got to win against.”
After a struggle in South Carolina over spring break, Burns liked the way his team were focused in this win.
“A lot of time when you’ve already beaten somebody one time you’re not focused the second time,” Burns said. South Laurel beat Williamsburg earlier in the season, 15-0. “We were focused tonight.”
Hagan Burns picked up with win, tossing a one-hitter while striking out seven and walking just one. She had a no-hit bid broken up in the top of the fifth when Angel Hinton led off with a single to center.
“Hagan pitched well,” Burns said.
While Burns was shutting Williamsburg down, Cassandra Johnson was supplying plenty of offense at the plate, where she went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.
“C.J. hit the ball well,” Burns said.
Hitting was a problem early on, as Williamsburg’s pitcher, Kayleigh Lawson, threw quite a bit slower than the Lady Cards were used to.
“She was pitching pretty slow, and our bats were slow through the zone,” Burns said.
South Laurel got its first run in the bottom of the first when Johnson led off with a single and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Brittany Vandeventer. The Lady Cards added three more runs in the bottom of the second to make it 4-0.
Bailey Miller led off with a double, followed by a single by Chelsea Wemes. With Laura Williams at the plate, Miller scored on a wild pitch. Williams then reached on an error which allowed Wemes to score and make it 3-0. Williams would be driven in by another double by Johnson.
Five more South Laurel runs scored in the bottom of the third to push the lead to 9-0.
“We hit it good once we got going,” Burns said.
Megan Smith drew a walk to lead things off. Madyson Morris was brought in as a courtesy runner and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Miller. After Wemes struck out, Williams beat out an infield single. Nell Murray walked and Morris scored on the play for a 5-0 lead. Johnson followed with a two-run single that made it 7-0. She would steal second and advance to third on an error.
Vandeventer singled to drive in Johnson, and she would score on a double by Amber Hyde to make it 9-0. South ended the game in the fifth when Vandeventer beat out a bunt single and scored on a Hyde single to make the final 10-0.
The Lady Cards were scheduled to host North Laurel last night, then play in the Corbin Invitational this weekend.