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April 18, 2014

North goes 1-2 in Capital Showcase

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — FRANKFORT—North Laurel split two games in pool play at the Capital Showcase last weekend, beating Collins 8-6 and losing to Woodford County 9-5. In the first round of tournament play, Shelby County beat the Lady Jaguars 5-3.

“We challenged ourselves. We just fell a little bit short,” North Laurel coach Kyle Mink said.

North Laurel continued a pattern that the coaching staff has tried to change. The Lady Jaguars found themselves playing from behind.

“The first game we got behind 6-0. We battled back and won the game. The Woodford County game we got behind again, 4-0 in the first inning. We fought back and tied it up at one point. They are a really good team,” Mink said. “We’re still starting slow. We’re still trying to work on that. It’s a point of emphasis for us.”

Mink said youth is probably the main reason his team has fallen behind so often. 

Three games in one day gives coaches a chance to see what works and what doesn’t in a tournament atmosphere.

“It gives us an idea as coaches, if we are fortunate enough to advance, things we might have to look at if we do have to play multiple games,” Mink said.

Mink said he also saw the multiple games taking a toll on his team physically.

“That was what happened to us. We played the first two and put everything on the line. Then we limped into that third game and everybody was exhausted and it showed,” Mink said. “I’m sure they would love to play that one over if they could.”

Mink did like the performances turned in by his pitchers.

“Mikayla Vires threw all but five innings in the day and she threw very well. Madison (McDaniel) threw very well when she threw,” Mink said.

Other than a six-run inning against Collins, the North Laurel offense wasn’t quite what the coach wanted.

“Offensively it was kind of sporadic. We couldn’t string any hits together, except in the Collins game,” Mink said.  “Everybody played pretty well. It was a good day, good atmosphere for us. Hopefully it gets us ready for that goal of getting to the state tournament.”

The Lady Jaguars were scheduled to play at Madison Central Thursday. Friday they will face Madison Southern and Estill County in Berea. Dunkirk (NY) will play at North Laurel 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

mhoward@sentinel-echo.com

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