June 26, 2013

North rolls, South falls in openers

Opening play in girls' 9-10 year old tourney

By Denis House
Sports Editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The 9-10 year old girls’ all star action got underway Monday night with both local teams in action but with very different results.

North Laurel rolled to a 21-3 win over Corbin, but South London fell to Pulaski County, 16-2.

North’s win gave them a date with Clay County last night in the winner’s bracket semifinals, while South London fell to the loser’s bracket and will play the loser of the North-Clay game tonight (Wednesday) at 8 p.m.

North Laurel 21, Corbin 3

After working out of a jam in the top of the first, North Laurel scored six times in the bottom of the inning, eight in the second, then seven in the third to wrap up a 21-3 win over Corbin.

“We were a little nervous in the first inning, but we were able to work that out,” coach Jonathan Sizemore said. “I’m pleased with the way we played.”

Pitcher Daria Casey walked the bases loaded in the top of the first, but got out of the inning when Shelby Stewart was thrown out trying to score on a passed ball, then a double by ended the inning.

Now it was North’s turn to bat and they took advantage, scoring six runs on just one hit (and infield single by Emily Sizemore) for the 6-0 lead. The rest of the runs came via the walk, passed balls, hit by pitch and wild pitches. Kambrie Collier, Taylor Jones, Haven Houston, Maylee Philpot and Emma Thompson all scored.

The lead grew to 14-0 in the second as North tacked on eight more runs.

Sizemore led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch then stole second. Maddie Dagley reached on an error at second, which allowed Sizemore to score. Ashlyn Tyree came in to run for Dagley. Casey was hit by a pitch, then after Collier grounded out, Taylor Jones smacked a triple to right that scored Tyree and Casey to make it 9-0. Jones scored on an error on the play and the lead was now 10-0.  Houston walked and scored, then Philpot walked and came home on a singe from Meg Anderson. Dagley, batting for the second time in the inning, doubled to center that scored two to make it 14-0.

Corbin finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the third, scoring two runs to cut the lead to 14-2. North came back with seven runs in the bottom of the inning to push the lead to 21-2. The big hit in the inning was a three-run homer by Dagley. Corbin scored its final run in the top of the fourth to make the final 21-3.

“We have a real good hitting team,” Sizemore said. “I’m confident any girl in our lineup can produce a hit when we need it.”

Pulaski County 16, South London 2

Pulaski County built a 16-0 lead before South London was able to score two runs in the bottom of the fourth, as South fell, 16-2.

Pulaski scored four in the first, one in the second, sixth in the third and five in the fourth as South’s pitchers struggled to find the strike zone.

Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the first, South’s McKenlie Robinson doubled to lead off the bottom of the first, but was doubled off second when Madison Parman lined out to short. That was South’s only real threat until the bottom of the fourth when it scored two runs (Rebecca Mays and Karly Gray), but it wasn’t enough as they fell, 16-2.