Sentinel-Echo.com

Local Sports

April 18, 2014

Cards complete sweep of Colonels

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — WILLIAMSBURG—For the second straight game, the South Laurel Cardinals defeated Whitley County in 50th District baseball action.

And for the second straight game, a Cardinal pitcher went the distance to pick up the win, 4-0.

This time it was Daniel Neal, who fanned eight and walked just two while allowing four its in seven innings of work.

“We’re getting ahead and that allows us to pitch complete games,” South Laurel coach Wynn Harris said. “That’s the key. It takes a lot of pressure off us as a team and leaves us a lot of options throughout the game.”

South Laurel (13-2, 2-0) jumped on top in the second inning, scoring twice for the early 2-0 lead. The Cards would add one more in the third, then their final run in the seventh to complete the 4-0 shutout.

Taylor Morris led off the top of the second by drawing a walk off Whitley County (11-6, 0-2) pitcher Tyler Downs. He would steal second and advance to third on a passed ball before scoring on a single off the bat of Brennan Miller. With a 2-0 count on Braden Miller, Downs was pulled from the game and relieved by Jordan Crussenberry. Miller greeted him with a double to left to score his brother and make it 2-0.

The Cards made it 3-0 in the third when Trey Martin reached on an error and scored on a single to right by Neal.

Whitley County had its chances to score, leaving two runners on in the third, the bases loaded in the fourth, and runners on third in the fifth and sixth innings, but could never get that hit to drive them home. Neal worked his way out of each and every jam.

“We are throwing a lot of quality strikes, which is something we talked about ready in the year,” Harris said. “We are not giving in because they got baserunners on. I feel confident that one run is not going to beat us, and if it does we’ve got to do a better job offensively.”

South’s final run came in the top of the seventh as Austin Vigeant laced a single to right-center and advanced to second when Whitley was slow to get to the ball. He scored on a Trey Martin single to make it 4-0. Neal then struck out the side in the bottom of the inning.

“We just need to continue to make plays defensively, get good pitching and put the ball in play,” Harris said.

The Cards were scheduled to host Knox Central Thursday night, then travel to take on North Laurel tonight.

sports@sentinel-echo.com

1
Text Only
Local Sports
Facebook
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
     View Results