By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Errors again proved to be a thorn in the side of the South Laurel Lady Cardinals in a 9-5 loss to visiting Madison Southern Tuesday.
Only two of the nine Lady Eagles runs were earned, as South Laurel (19-6) committed five errors in the loss, including three in the first inning which helped lead to the six Madison Southern runs.
“We played bad. We made three errors in the first inning and allowed six runs and all were unearned,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. The Lady Cards also walked two batters in the inning. “It was just one of those games.
Madison Southern (18-7) jumped on top early, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning. Briana Latham had a two-run single and Morgan Reynolds added a two-run single of her own.
A single run in the second made it 7-0 and a large hole for the Lady Cardinals to try and dig out of.
Hagan Burns started the game for South Laurel, but gave way to Megan Smith in the second inning. Burns allowed four hits and four walks in taking the loss.
The Lady Cards were also playing without one player, who was in the hospital, while shortstop Cassandra Johnson had surgery earlier in the day. She was able to play in the game.
“We just weren’t mentally into it,” Burns said, not making any excuses. “We need to come back in our next game and play better.”
South made a little progress in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs to cut the lead to three, 7-4.
Madyson Morris and Brittany Vandeventer both reached on bunt singles. Amber Hyde reached on a fielder’s choice, then Bailey Miller smacked a two-run single. Megan Smith followed with a two-run double to cut the lead to 7-4.
Another run in the sixth brought the Lady Cards one run closer, but a two-run homer by Tara Bord in the top of the seventh sealed the win for Madison Southern.
“Southern hit the ball well and we didn’t field them,” Burns said. “After the first inning we played well.”
South Laurel had chances early on, leaving base runners on in the third and fourth innings.
The Lady Cards were scheduled to face Madison Central Thursday night, then play in the Somerset Invitational Friday and Saturday.