LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
There’s an old saying that defense and pitching wins games.
That was proven a fact Wednesday night, as the North Laurel 9-10 year old All-Stars advanced to tonight’s district championship game with a 6-0 win over Pulaski County in the winner’s bracket finals at South London.
“We got great pitching and played great defense,” North coach Wes Griebel said. “We didn’t hit the ball well, but we were able to take advantage of some of their mistakes.”
Madison Parman threw a two hitter for North while striking out five. She also didn’t walk a batter.
“Madison pitched a great game,” Griebel said.
The game was scoreless until the top of the third inning, when North Laurel touched Pulaski pitcher Kaylee Strunk for two runs on two hits. North was helped along by two Pulaski errors.
Parman led off with a walk and scored on a double by Emily Sizemore. Sizemore stole third but was thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch. With two outs Maylee Philpot singled. She then stole second where Pulaski threw the ball away twice for two errors, which allowed Philpot to score to make it 2-0.
North had a chance to push another run across in the fifth when Sizemore singled with two outs, stole second and third on an error, but was left stranded.
Four more North Laurel runs crossed home in the top of the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Philpot led off by drawing a walk, then stole second and third. Kaite Bruner laid down a bunt that Pulaski committed an error on, allowing Philpot to score and Bruner to advance to second base. She would move to third on a wild pitch and score on another wild pitch for the 4-0 lead.
Haley Griebel and Alyssa Smith drew back-to-back walks as Strunk struggled with her control. Griebel stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a wild pitch. Brook Davis walked but was tagged out trying to advance to second. On the play Smith scored to make it 6-0.
“We knew that Pulaski would hit the ball and our defense made the plays,” Griebel said. “Madison threw strikes like we needed her to. We also had great base running.”
North Laurel will play the winner of Thursday night’s Pulaski County-Corbin game tonight at 7 p.m. for the district championship and a trip to the state tournament. Should North lose that game, another championship game will be played Saturday at 8 p.m.