LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Somerset brought an impressive 13-3 record to North Laurel Monday. They left with a loss, no runs, and no hits as the Lady Jaguars won 10-0.
“They’ve beaten some really quality opponents and for us to come out and do that was probably our best team win of the year,” North Laurel coach Kyle Mink said.
It was the first time this season the Lady Briar Jumpers had been run-ruled. It was also the first time they had been shut out. The only base runners Somerset managed against Mikayla Vires came on an error and a hit batter.
“(Vires) was tremendous tonight. She was hitting her spots and we played great defense behind her. Tonight was a great night. She threw really well,” Mink said.
Both base runners came with one out. Both times Vires retired the next two batters without any further trouble.
“She’s very cool and calm. She just takes it as it goes. She takes the good with the bad and just keeps on going,” Mink said.
Mink said it was key that his team started out well, something they have struggled to do at times this season. “A lot of that depends on how we start. We started three up, three down in the first inning, which was big for us. It just gets the momentum going a little bit,” Mink said.
North Laurel also went down in order in the first inning. They wouldn’t in the second as Vires opened with a double high off the left field fence. NaTasha Colwell followed with an RBI single and later scored on an error for a 2-0 lead.
The North Laurel bats were quiet again until the fifth inning. Olivia Miller and Kailin Yantz both had RBI doubles in the fifth inning. Hunter Deaton stroked an RBI single in the inning.
“We pitched the ball well. We played great defense behind Mikayla (Vires). We had good key, timely hits and ran the bases well. We had a lot of people come off the bench that stepped up and when we asked them to perform they did,” Mink said.
The Lady Jaguars ended the game early with five runs in the fifth inning and still had just one out when the final run scored. It was Yantz that delivered the game-ending hit. Colwell, McKenzie Mills, and Abbey Proffitt also had singles in the sixth.
“You are always trying to build on each one, but you can kind of feel the energy from day to day. They were pretty hyped up today. They wanted to play,” Mink said.
North Laurel is off until the weekend when they will play in the Vernon Bib Classic in Louisville.