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April 25, 2014

Lady Cards continue on a roll

South rolls past SWPC, 11-1

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The red-hot South Laurel Lady Cardinals keep rolling along, winning their ninth game in a row by upending visiting Southwestern Tuesday, 11-1, in six innings.

The Lady Cardinals, now 21-2 on the season, pounded out 19 hits and received a solid effort by junior pitcher Destiney Salva, who improved to 4-0, as she kept the Lady Warriors at bay with various type of pitches.

“Destiney pitched lights out,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “We wanted to see what she would do against a better team and she started out a little nervous, and then pitched a great game. The run they got was unearned.”

Salva got out of a bases loaded jam unscathed in the first inning, and South Laurel took advantage in the bottom of the second inning. Salva reached base on an error, while Haley Shelby sacrificed her over to second base, and Leslie Dixon followed with a bunt hit that forced a throwing error by Southwestern, allowing Salva to score.

Dixon advanced to third on a hard hit by Brittany Vandeventer while Madyson Morris followed with a run-scoring single to give her team 3-0 edge. Eighth-grader Makenzie Powenski put the finishing touches on the five-run inning by delivering a two-run single.

“We started (the rally) with two bunts,” Burns said. “We put some pressure on them, and they made a bad throw and it loosened us up, and we started hitting whole lot better.

“We were very focused tonight,” he added. “I was really pleased with that. We kept pressure on them. That was key.”

The Lady Cardinals added two more runs in the third inning after both Dixon and Vandeventer reached base with hits, as both Morris and Powenski drove in runs to give their team a 7-0 edge.

After seeing the Lady Warriors score a run, Burns’ squad put the game away with two runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth, wrapping up the 10-run victory for South Laurel.

Powenski, Vandeventer and Morris each finished the game with three hits apiece, as Powenski led the way with three RBI and one run scored. Morris finished with two runs scored and two RBI while Vandeventer scored three times. Hagan Burns collected two hits along with Kaylee Norvell, Salva and Dixon. Both Salva and Dixon crossed home plate twice during the win.

“After last night with the slower pitching we saw, we just threw them a lot of balls before the game today to get them ready,” Burns said. “We knew she threw a drop ball. We were just focusing on hitting the ball solid.

“This is a big win for us,” he added. “I’d say it is one of our bigger wins of the season. I think we’re coming together. We’ve got our line-up set and our outfield has a whole lot more confidence. We’re coming together at the right time.”

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