April 9, 2014

North heads south for spring break

By Mitch Howard
Sports Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — GULF SHORES, Ala.—North Laurel split four games in Alabama over spring break, picking up wins over Foley (AL) 14-1 and Excel (AL) 4-3. The Lady Jaguars also dropped one-run games to Gulf Shores (AL) 6-5 and Robertsdale (AL) 5-4.

“The varsity record was 2-2 and the JV was 5-0, so overall we went 7-2 against pretty good competition,” North Laurel coach Kyle Mink said.

One of the areas Mink was most pleased was the offense, which had been shut out by Henry Clay the day before spring break.

“We hit the ball really well, especially our last two games. We kind of started out slow the first two games of the week. It kind of hurt us in those two games. We got beat by a run,” Mink said. “The last two games we really came out and scored some runs and did some smart things that helped us prevail.”

Getting off to a fast start is an area Mink is trying to challenge his young team to do better.

“We’re trying to get them off to a faster start. We kind of came out a little bit flat. In the first inning, we like to get down and see if we can fight from behind,” Mink said.

Overall Mink rates the trip a success for what happened on the field and what happened off the field, other than a few sunburns.

“A lot of questions I had got answered. We had a lot of good team bonding and we faced some really good competition. Hopefully it will help us in the long run,” Mink said. “We’ve got district play on Tuesday, so we’ll see how we are.”

The Lady Jaguars were scheduled to play at Middlesboro Monday. Games at Jackson County Tuesday against Clay County and Jackson County were to determine district seeding. North Laurel also has a big game Thursday when they host South Laurel.