LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
CORBIN—For the first time this season, the South Laurel Cardinals were shutout as the Corbin Redhounds took a 2-0 win Monday night.
“Our offense has not been clicking the past two games,” South Laurel coach Wynn Harris said. “We did a better job tonight keeping the ball out of the air but we didn’t hit with any authority.”
The Cards (14-4, 2-1) were held to just five hits by Corbin pitcher Kevin Goins. South Laurel had a few chances against Goins, leaving six runners stranded, but could never get that key hit to drive any of them in.
“We’re going to get everybody’s best game,” Harris said, “Goins threw a heck of a game. We did too.”
South countered with Daniel Neal. In five innings of work, he allowed two runs on six hits. Zach Allen came in and threw the seventh inning, retiring the Redhounds (9-8, 2-1) in order.
Corbin scored its first run in the bottom of the second when Peyton Buford doubled with one out, followed by a Corey Ledington single. When Conner Hicks grounded out to third, Buford scored to make it 1-0.
South looked to have something brewing in the top of the fourth inning. Joe Gaines led things off by reaching on an error, but was thrown out trying to steal second on a close play. Neal and Allen hit back-to-back singles but were left stranded when Taylor Morris struck out and Brennan Miller fouled out to first.
Braden Miller led off the fifth with a hard-hit single but was forced at second on a grounder by Austin Vigeant. Derek Spurlock then hit into an inning-ending double play.
Corbin made it 2-0 in the bottom of the inning when with one out, Jace Woodruff singled and later scored on a single by Phillip Jones.
South left two more runners on base in the sixth inning as the chances continued to go by the wayside. With one out, Gaines and Neal hit back-to-back singles. Allen then forced Tucker Martin (running for Neal) at second, and then Morris struck out for the final out of the inning.
“We weren’t able to put anything together,” Harris said.”We didn’t get a lot of production from our lead-off hitters. Sometimes that’s baseball. Sometimes you gotta do a little bit more.” South lead-off batters went 1-for-7 with only two reaching base on an error and a single.
The Cards were scheduled to host Corbin last night then play the Redhounds again at Corbin Thursday.