By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
DANVILLE—In a battle of Top 25 teams, No. 12 Boyle County nipped No. 25 South Laurel, 3-2, to end the Lady Cardinals 13-game winning streak.
South Laurel took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Nell Murray reached on an error, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Laura Williams, and scored when Cassandra Johnson singled.
Brittany Vandeventer walked, followed by Amber Hyde driving in Johnson.
The Lady Rebels quickly tied things up in the bottom of the fourth helped by back-to-back errors by the Lady Cards.
“Then they scored on a double,” Burns said. “The next batter singled and stole second to put runners on second and third with no outs. The next batter laid down a bunt to squeeze in the run at third. Vandeventer caught the ball and ran the runner back at third. The runner at second went to third, which put two runners on third base. Brittany threw the ball to C.J., who tagged both runners. The umps called one out. Both girls came off the bag and she tagged them again for a double play.” Hagan Burns then struck out the next batter.
It stayed 2-2 going into the eighth when they went to the international tiebreaker to decide the outcome.
South had Murray on second, and Williams bunted her to third. But South failed to score her. Boyle bunted their runner to third in the bottom of the inning and scored her on a hit.
“We make the two plays in the fourth, we win 2-0,” Burns said. “We played a good defensive game, we just didn’t hit.” The Lady Cards managed only two hits in the game.
“We swung at a lot of pitches out of the strike zone,” Burns said. South struck out 13 times. “We gave them all they could take. Even with the loss I am proud of the way we battled. This game will make us stronger.”
This was only the fifth loss for the Lady Cardinals this season, and only the second loss to an in-state team. The other loss was a 1-0 defeat at the hands of No. 2 Scott County. Boyle County handed Scott its only loss of the season.
The Lady Cards were on the road at McCreary Central Friday night, a team they beat 7-5 last weekend in the Martin’s Peterbilt Classic. South will then travel to Madison Southern tonight and host Pulaski County Tuesday.