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May 12, 2014

Lady Cards ground Lady Rockets, 8-4

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — South Laurel banged out 13 hits en route to an 8-4 win over visiting Rockcastle County Thursday night.

Hagan Burns, Makenzie Powenski and Leslie Dixon led the hit parade with three each.

“We played a lot better,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “I told them before the game we’ve got to clean things up defensively. We had something like 14 errors in three games. I told them we’d be all right if we cleaned things up defensively and got timely hits. We did that.”

The Lady Cards were coming off a heartbreaking loss to Corbin, a loss that cost them the No. 1 seed in the 50th District Tournament. They had something to prove against the Lady Rockets, and did so early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first for the early advantage.

With one out, Madyson Morris beat out an infield single. Hagan Burns followed with a single to center, and Kenlee Rogers came in as a courtesy runner. Both girls scored when Powenski laced a double to right-center for the 2-0 lead. Powenski would later score on a wild pitch for the third run of the inning.

It remained 3-0 until the bottom of the third when the Lady Cards tacked two more runs on the board to up their lead to 5-0.

With one down, Burns drew a walk, and Kenzie Jervis came in as a courtesy runner. Powenski singled to center, but Jervis was thrown out trying to advance to third. On the play Powenski moved up to second base.

Nell Murray walked and Dixon singled to load the bases for pitcher Destiney Salva, who helped herself with a two-run single to right.

After holding the Lady Rockets in check for the first three innings, Salva ran into a little trouble in the fourth, as Rockcastle scored three runs to cut the lead to 5-3. Juliann Kirby got things started with a lead-off double to left, and Bailey Chasteen also doubled to score two runs. She later scored on a fielder’s choice to cut the South lead to two.

South Laurel had a chance to add to its lead in the bottom of the inning when it loaded the bases with only one out but failed to push any runs across.

They didn’t fail to in the sixth inning, adding three runs to make it an 8-3 game.

Brittany Vandeventer led off with a single to right and stole second. She scored on a double by Burns. Powenski followed that with a single. Powenski then faked stealing second, which allowed Burns to score from third to make it 7-3. Powenski then scored on a single by Dixon.

Rockcastle got one of those runs back in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 8-4. They had two runners on with two outs when Salva got Juliann Kirby to pop out to Vandeventer at short to end the game.

“We got some good timely hits tonight, and Destiney pitched a good game,” Burns said. “We kept throwing one pitch and it worked. We still left the bases loaded in one inning and I got one runner thrown out at third. This time of the year is always tough with prom being Saturday. Everybody is tired and grumpy but when you get through these last two weeks of the season it gets better.”

The Lady Cards are scheduled to host Garrard County tonight and travel to Madison Southern Tuesday.

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