May 13, 2013

Sparks fly in North’s 5-2 win

Two coaches ejected in softball win over Madison Central

By Denis House
Sports Editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Fireworks exploded at North Laurel Thursday night, but they weren’t in the sky.

No, these fireworks came in the form of a coach from both North Laurel and Madison Central being ejected from the game for arguing a call. In the end, the Lady Jaguars used a four-run fifth inning to take a 5-2 win from the Lady Indians.

First it was the North coach getting ejected when a Madison Central runner was called safe at first on a play he thought she was out on. Then it was the Madison Central coaches turn, as the runner was called out at second after advancing on the play.

North Laurel trailed 2-1 in the top of the fifth. That’s when the Lady Jaguars started their rally that eventually led to the 5-2 win.

“We needed a game like this that was exciting,” North Laurel coach Becky Osborne was quoted as saying. She added that her team needed some fire “and if this game didn’t do it, then I don’t know what will.”

North Laurel got its comeback started when Sydney Herrell reached with a hit and eventually scored on an error. Kailin Yantz singled and was driven in by Vanessa Smith. Blake Johnson then drove in two with a single that gave the Lady Jaguars a 5-2 lead.

Then it was up to pitcher Megan Baldwin to preserve the lead, which she did, and North Laurel emerged with the win. Over the past six games, the Lady Jaguars are 5-0-1.

Osborne said she felt like her team came together with this win.

“That’s what I’ve been preaching,” Osborne said. “Megan pitched well and did a good job. Our hitting is coming, too.”

The Lady Jaguars are scheduled to host Lincoln County Tuesday then travel to Tates Creek on Wednesday.