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May 7, 2014

North bats come alive in rout of Lady Rockets

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — North Laurel rolled to a 9-0 win over Rockcastle County on Monday behind the three-hit pitching of Mikayla Vires. The Lady Rockets (16-9) never got a runner past first base as Vires recorded her fourth shutout of the season.

“Very good night. We came out hot and stayed hot,” North Laurel coach Kyle Mink said. “(Mikayla) pitched great and we played great defense.”

The Lady Jaguars (17-10) opened the scoring quickly with a pair of runs in the first inning. Kayla Huff was hit by a pitch and scored on a triple by Kailin Yantz. Yantz later scored on a wild pitch.

North Laurel made it 5-0 in the second inning. Abbey Proffitt led off with a single and Hunter Deaton followed with an error. Wild pitches allowed both runners to circle the bases. McKenzie Mills was hit by a pitch and scored the third run of the inning on a stolen base.

“We had struggled driving in runs, but last night we had great at bats with runners in scoring position,” Mink said.

The Lady Jaguars went down in order in the third inning, but bounced back for four runs in the fourth inning.  Proffitt and Deaton again got the inning started with singles. The next four North Laurel batters reached on errors. Proffitt and Deaton scored on errors along with Mills and Huff for a 9-0 advantage.

North Laurel is scheduled to play at Somerset Thursday and will host the Kentucky Prep 5 Star Showcase this weekend. Teams in the showcase include Franklin County (22-5), South Warren (19-8), and Berea (9-8).

“We have some good teams coming in. It will be a good tune up for us heading into the district tournament,” Mink said.

The Jaguars open the showcase Friday night against Franklin County, who has the best record in the 11th Region.

mhoward@sentinel-echo.com

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