LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
BARBOURVILLE—Hagan Burns was perfect Friday night, striking out 15 of the 16 batters she faced in South Laurel’s 13-0 win over Knox Central.
“I guess that eliminates all rumors of Hagan’s shoulder problem,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “She pitched awesome.”
Awesome might be an understatement. Only once did a Lady Panther batter put the ball in play, an easy pop out to center in the fourth inning. Every other batter struck out.
South Laurel scored in three of the five innings played, including a seven-run third inning. The Lady Cards could have done more damage as they did leave seven runners stranded in the game.
“Two-out RBI we can’t seem to get them in,” Burns said. “We were patient enough and were swinging at everything they threw.”
The Lady Cards struck for four runs in the top of the first for the early lead.
Brittany Vandeventer and Madyson Morris drew back-to-back walks to lead off the game. After Burns struck out, Makenzie Powenski grounded out to third, but Vandeventer scored on the play for the 1-0 lead.
A single by Nell Murray drove in Morris, and Kenlee Rogers came in to run for the South catcher. Destiney Salva then reached on an infield single and Kaylee Norvell walked to load the bases for Haley Shelby, who reached on an error by the centerfielder which allowed Rogers and Salva to score to make it 4-0.
It stayed that way until the third inning, when the Lady Cards put seven more runs on the board to make it an 11-0 ball game.
With one out, Murray walked and Salva singled. Norvell walked to load the bases for Shelby, who singled in Murray for a 5-0 lead. Leslie Dixon drew another walk, which forced in Salva. Vandeventer then tripled to center to clear the bases and make it 9-0. She would score on a wild pitch, then Morris, who walked, scored when Powenski reached on another error.
South made it 13-0 in the fourth thanks in part to two more Knox Central errors.
Shelby led things off by reaching on an error, then Dixon beat out a bunt single. After Vandeventer popped out, Morris struck out, but Shelby scored on a wild pitch. Burns then reached on an error which scored Dixon to make it 13-0.
“I’m happy that we’ve won two in a row,” Burns said. “We will see different pitching tomorrow (Saturday).”
The Lady Cards then have a huge game with Corbin Tuesday night.
“It doesn’t matter what Corbin has done up to now,” Burns said. “Whoever wins that game will probably be the No. 1 seed. It’s a key game.”
South Laurel will host Pulaski County tonight then Corbin Tuesday.