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April 9, 2014

Jags wrap up successful trip to beach

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Solid pitching and consistent hitting allowed North Laurel to pick up three wins on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach. Zach Hurley and Weston Griebel turned in the best pitching performances.

“Our first and last games were two really good ones,” North Laurel coach Darren McWhorter said. “The two games we lost were against the two best teams we played.”

The loss to Olentangy (OH) was also a solid pitching performance by Logan Mallory, who didn’t get much support early.

“He was actually pitching really well. He should have had a 1-2-3 inning in the first inning and we had four errors,” McWhorter said.

A dropped popup and three missed grounders allowed Olentangy to score four runs in the inning and move on to an 8-4 win.

The offense was spread out with different players showing up at different times.

“It was streaky from game to game. Different kids would hit well. It stayed pretty even-keeled. Everybody hit pretty well throughout the week,” McWhorter said.

North Laurel 11, Jefferson Area (OH) 4

North Laurel wrapped up its spring break trip to Myrtle Beach with an 11-4 win over Jefferson Area (OH). Ray Hays pitched the first four innings with Dylan Messer taking over in relief.

Jefferson put together four hits for three runs in the first inning. They didn’t hold the lead for long with the Jaguars scoring four in the bottom of the inning. Ethan Maxey and Weston Griebel led off with back-to-back walks. After a bunt by Zach Hurley, Austin Thompson came through with a single. Cole Lewis walked with two outs. Jake McWhorter cleared the bases with a double.

The Jaguars added three more runs in the second inning. Again it was a walk starting the rally with Jack Capobianco getting the free pass. Maxey singled and Griebel was hit by a pitch. Hurley would reach on an error. The runs scored on an error and a sacrifice fly by Logan Mallory.

Hays would also give up a run with a couple more hits in the third inning to make it a 7-4 game. Hays would settle down and retire the last four batters he faced. Messer retired all nine batters he faced to make it 13 straight outs by North Laurel pitchers.

Four North Laurel runs in the sixth inning included an RBI single from Maxey. Mallory drove in another run with a sacrifice fly.

North Laurel 6, Springfield (OH) 1

Another strong pitching performance gave North Laurel a 6-1 win over Springfield (OH). Weston Griebel threw a six-inning complete game for the win as the Jaguars went 2-2 in four games.

North Laurel started quickly against Springfield with a leadoff triple by Ethan Maxey.  Maxey would score the game’s first run on a sacrifice by Austin Thompson.

In the second inning, it was Cole Lewis leading off with a single and scoring on a single by Jake McWhorter. McWhorter later scored for a 3-0 lead for the Jaguars.

The Jaguars would be held in check until the fifth inning when Lewis, Austin Rudder, and Jack Capobianco all singled. Lewis scored and Logan Mallory reached on a fielder’s choice and scored in the fifth inning for a 5-0 lead.

Springfield put together three straight singles in the fifth inning to score its only run. Griebel allowed six hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

Lewis stroked his third single of the game in the seventh inning. Lewis stole second and scored on a single by McWhorter to make it a 6-1 game.

North Laurel 3, Greensburg (PA) 0

The Jaguars first game and first win in Myrtle Beach featured a strong pitching performance from Zach Hurley. After allowing the first three batters to reach base, Hurley fanned the next three batters to work out of trouble. In all 15 Greensburg batters struck out only one hit after the first inning.

The Jaguars left London at 5 a.m. Saturday. They didn’t get into their rooms until 4:45 p.m. and had a game at 6. It didn’t seem to bother them.

Earlier in the week, the Jaguars lost to Thomas Worthington (OH ) 7-2 and Olentangy (OH) 8-4.

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