By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
CORBIN—Taking care of business.
That’s more than an old Bachman Turner Overdrive song. It’s was South Laurel’s mindset coming into Monday night’s 50th District game against Williamsburg.
Even though the Cards had beaten the Yellowjackets easily twice during the regular season, coach Wynn Harris didn’t want his team overlooking Williamsburg.
“My biggest fear is taking a loss in the first game of the district,” Harris said. “You don’t win that first game you don’t go to the region.”
In the end, he had nothing to fear, as South Laurel rolled to a 10-0 win in five innings.
“We weren’t overlooking anybody,” Harris said. “Our focus was on winning that first game in the district. We took care of that. Now we move onto the next game.”
The next game was Tuesday night against the Corbin. The Redhounds beat Whitley County, 3-0, in the other tournament game.
Against Williamsburg, Harris opted to go with senior Quinton Barnett, and he wasn’t disappointed with this choice. In five innings of work, Barnett threw a three-hitter, striking out three and walking just one.
ing out three and walking just one.
“Quinton threw well for us,” Harris said. “We wanted to get through this game using just one pitcher.”
Offensively, the stars of the game for South Laurel were catcher Austin Moore and centerfielder Trent Abner. Moore had two singles and three RBIs, while Abner had a single, triple and two runs batted in.
South (23-6) got things started in the bottom of the first off pitcher Ethan Wilson, who struggled with control walking Abner and Joe Gaines. Alex Sears then singled to right to score Abner for the 1-0 lead.
Williamsburg had a runner on in the top of the second but the Cardinals turned a 6-4-3 double play that helped them get out of that inning.
Two more Cardinal runs came home in the second to up the lead to 3-0. Moore walked, then Zach Allen executed a perfect hit and run to the opposite field that moved Moore to third. He scored when Brennan Miller grounded out short to first. A single by Abner brought Allen home.
South tacked five more runs on the board in the third to really take control and up its lead to 8-0.
It all started with Sears drawing a walk. Daniel Neal then reached on an error. Wilson looked to be getting out of the inning when he got Matthew Slavey to fly out and caught Trey Martin looking on a called third strike. Moore stroked a single to left that scored Sears and Neal to make it 5-0. Allen followed with a single that scored Taylor Morris, who was running for Moore. Miller’s single put two runners on for Abner, who laced a tripled to left-center, scoring both runners.
Jonathan Teague took over for Williamsburg on the mound in the bottom of the fourth, but he didn’t have much look either. Sears reached on an error to open the inning, and Neal drew a walk. Both runners moved up a base when Slavey grounded out to first. Martin then grounded out, but Sears scored on the play. Another single by Moore scored Neal to make it 10-0.
In the top of the fifth, Dakota Dunn singled with one out. Alec Poore sent a fly ball to left, where Martin caught it and threw it back to first to doubled off Dunn and end the game.
“It was a solid performance,” Harris said. “We didn’t knock the cover off the ball, but we had runners on in every inning.”