March 31, 2014

Henry Clay deals North Laurel its first loss

By Mitch Howard
Sports Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — North Laurel wasn’t supposed to leave for spring break in Alabama until Saturday. Coach Kyle Mink thinks they may have checked out on Friday.

“I think we mentally went on spring break a day early,” Mink said.

The Lady Jaguars won their first four games of the season before dropping a 10-0 loss to Henry Clay in six innings. Most of the damage was done in a four-run first inning and a five-run fifth inning

“I tried to get them focused, but we’re young and we’re learning. It’s a good learning experience for us,” Mink said.

The Lady Devils first four batters reached base and scored, three on hits and one via walk. All would score as the quick 4-0 lead was just one run short of the five combined runs North Laurel had given up this season.

Mikayla Vires would set down the next 12 Henry Clay batters in order. It was enough to give North Laurel a chance to get back into the game. The Lady Jaguars had four hits and left five runners stranded in the first four innings. They were never able to push a run across.

“That team’s pretty good. They’re solid all the way around,” Mink said.

The Lady Devils put the game away with five runs in the fifth inning with all the runs and runners coming with two outs. Seven straight runners reached base with six of the seven getting hits and one on an error.

“We hurt ourselves tonight. We made some errors and stuff that cost us. We’ve just got to get better. We’ve got to learn from it,” Mink said.

There would be another costly error in the sixth inning that would lead to the run that ended the game early.

“You’ve just got to get ready for the next game. You can’t focus on this one. You just have to get better, take things from it and move on to the next one,” Mink said.