LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
North Laurel rolled to an 8-0 win over Bryan Station Friday behind a no-hitter from Logan Mallory. Mallory was a first-inning walk away from tossing a perfect game.
“He walked the second batter of the game and it was lights out after that,” North Laurel coach Darren McWhorter said.
Mallory struck out eight, including fanning the side in the fourth inning. After giving up the walk, he retired the next 20 batters in a row with only three balls leaving the infield.
“They never even threatened. He threw a great game,” McWhorter said.
Mallory did get a break when the first batter reached on a bunt, but was called out for being out of the batter’s box. It would be a big call as Mallory improved his record to 4-1 on the season.
“He was throwing his curve for a strike all night. That is why he threw so well,” McWhorter said. “He has thrown some really great games over the past two seasons, but no no-hitters.”
The way Mallory pitched, the run the Jaguars scored in the third inning would be all they needed. North Laurel was also hitless through three innings. Walks to Jake McWhorter and Jack Capobianco led to McWhorter scoring on a ground ball.
North Laurel started to pull away with a four-run fourth inning. Austin Rudder and Ethan Maxey each had an RBI single in the fourth inning. Maxey would come up big again in the fifth inning with a three-run home run.
Along with Maxey’s four RBI, North Laurel also had a big night at the plate from Zach Hurley with three hits.
North Laurel 6, Lincoln County 3
The Jaguars would get another strong pitching performance at Lincoln County with Dylan Messer going the distance. Messer struck out nine, including all three batters he faced in the second inning. He would allow just five hits with three coming in the third inning.
North Laurel took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Austin Thompson walked, and then stole second and third. Thompson scored on a wild pitch.
A three-run third inning started with Ethan Maxey being hit by a pitch. Weston Griebel tripled to score Maxey and then scored himself on an error. With two outs, Austin Thompson walked and scored on a double by Logan Mallory.
In the third inning, Lincoln County’s three hits led to their first run. A North Laurel error allowed the Patriots to load the bases, but Messer worked out of further trouble. It was the fourth error by the Jaguars, who still led 4-1.
Griebel walked and scored in the fifth inning for a 5-1 lead. North Laurel made it 6-1 in the seventh inning. Maxey led off with a single and scored on Griebel’s second triple of the game.
Lincoln County’s final two runs came on a two-run homer by Chance Madden in the seventh inning.
North Laurel’s Monday game was rained out. They were scheduled to play at Clay County Tuesday and host Knox Central on Thursday.