March 24, 2014

Lady Jaguars muscle up for 7-1 win over Corbin

By Mitch Howard
Sports Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — It was a pitcher’s duel for almost four full innings. That’s when North Laurel turned on the power.

“I’ve seen it in practice plenty. We’ve got it, it’s just a matter of when it shows up,” North Laurel coach Kyle Mink said.

North Laurel had just one hit off of reigning 13th Region Player of the Year Hannah Hart with two outs in the fourth inning. That changed when Kailin Yantz yanked a pitch out of the park. Mikayla Vires followed with a bomb as well as the Lady Jaguars rolled to a 7-1 win.

“North Laurel has always been a good hitting team and I knew they would be,” Corbin coach Chris Hart said. “We didn’t pitch as effectively as I would have hoped to tonight, but a lot of that comes from them and the way that they hit the ball.”

The power display was just getting started in the fourth inning for the Lady Jaguars. A four-run fifth inning included another two-run homer by Yantz. Natasha Colwell led off the sixth inning with a solo shot as well.

“They were mistakes pitches,” Hart said. ‘They were in the wrong location. They were higher than they were supposed to be.”

Corbin managed five hits off of Vires, but did not scratch out a run until the seventh inning. Callie Schoolcraft singled with one out and scored on a double by Sydney Reynolds.

“It’s the best offensive game we have played. Mikayla was on tonight and we played really good defense. We just played pretty good all the way around,” Mink said.

Mink said his players always place a little more emphasis on the Corbin game.

“We’re happy to beat them in March, but we just have to keep improving to make sure we are where we need to be in June,” Mink said.

It’s pretty much the same message on the Corbin side. It is a loss, but it is a loss that does not carry much weight in a few months.

“I told them the district tournament is a long way away. We’re going to get better,” Hart said.

The North Laurel varsity doesn’t play again until a Monday trip to Pulaski County. The Lady Jaguars will be playing in a JV tournament with most of the varsity roster young enough to participate.

“I’ll be honest. The best team won tonight,” Hart said. “It wasn’t what we wanted, but maybe it’s a good lesson for us,” Hart said.