March 13, 2013

Sears, Neal homer in South Laurel’s 4-1 win over Southwestern

By Denis House
Sports Editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — SOMERSET—The South Laurel Cardinals opened their 2013 baseball season with a 4-1 win over Southwestern Saturday.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at South Laurel, but was moved to Southwestern due to field conditions.

“I was really pleased with the first game,” coach Wynn Harris said. “Not everything was perfect, but I didn’t expect it to be. We hadn’t been on the field much at all and to come out and play the way we did against pretty good pitching was a great surprise.”

The Cards got on the board in the top of the third when Joe Gaines led off with a single then scored when Alex Sears took a 1-2 curveball and deposited it deep over the left field fence for a 2-0 lead.

South added a run in the fourth when Trey Martin walked after a nine pitch at bat. He advanced to second and third on passed balls and scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball off the bat of Trent Abner.

Then in the fifth, Daniel Neal homered to left on a 2-0 fastball.

“Pitching really carried us,” Harris said. “We threw a two-hitter with a bunch of guys throwing. That’s a pretty good team win. We only had three hits and we had three errors, but for the first game of what has been a really wet season so far I am really pleased with our guys.”

Martin went two innings, allowing one hit. Taylor Morris threw 2/3 of an inning. Austin Vigeant threw two complete innings and got South out of a bases loaded jam in the third when he came in to relieve Morris. He allowed one hit and gave up one unearned run. Braden Miller threw 1 1/3 innings of no hit baseball, then Sears came in and picked up the save.

The Cards game with Lincoln County, originally scheduled for Monday, was postponed and rescheduled for Saturday. South was scheduled to travel to Middlesboro Tuesday. South will then play Powell County tonight at Whitaker Bank Park in Lexington as part of the Hits for Home event.