By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
North Laurel was finally able to open its season Wednesday night, rolling to a 9-3 win over visiting Bell County.
“Our pitchers threw well and we had some timely hitting with bad weather conditions,” coach Darren McWhorter said. “It was cold, but it’s good to get the season started off with a win.”
Bell County took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run single by Dylan Cox, but the Jags answered in the home half of inning as Marcus Carson singled, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Cole Lewis, then scored when Zach Hurley doubled. Logan Mallory then singled in Hurley to tie the game, 2-2.
Bell didn’t score in the second, third or fourth innings, while the Jaguars were held scoreless in the second and third.
North took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth as Ethan Maxey singled then scored when Jake McWhorter laid down a sacrifice bunt and the throw to third got away, allowing Maxey to score.
Bell tied the game in the fifth when Caleb Smith reached on an error and scored on a single by Evan Brock.
That would be all the scoring for Bell County, but not for North Laurel. The Jaguars scored four in the fifth and two more in the sixth for the 9-3 win.
In the fifth, Lewis reached on an error at short, then Hurley was hit by a pitch, A walk to Austin Thompson loaded the bases for Mallory, who stroked a two run single. McWhorter’s sac fly brought in another run.
In the sixth, the Jags tacked on two more runs for the 9-3 win.
North Laurel was scheduled to play Johnson Central last night in the Hits for Home Invitational at Whitaker Bank Ball Park in Lexington, then host Somerset tonight.