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Courtney Brock slides safely into third base against Scott. Co.

With two of the top five teams in the state squaring off it was no surprise a big play would make the difference and that play came courtesy of Rachel Akins, who homer in the first inning as No. 3 North Laurel downed No. 5 Scott Co., 1-0 Wednesday night.

With two up and two down, Akins sent one over the fence as the junior catcher smashed a home run for the only score of the game.

“Every pitch and every play was big in this game,” North Laurel coach Shane Weaver said. “I expected the home run to be big. I was hoping to add another one for insurance, but this is what you get with two top five teams. This is classic fast pitch softball.”

Abby Sears picked up another big win for the Jaguars by pitching a complete game while only allowing two hits on the night.

The Lady Cardinals put runners in scoring position on several occasions, but Sears slammed the door shut with key strikeouts. Sears was faced with the bases loaded during the fourth and fifth innings, but managed to pick up the third out each time by way of strikeout.

“We had to buckle down or it could have turned into a three run inning,” Weaver said. “It’s not fun to play around with the type of talent Scott County has. I’m not going to lie, my heart is a little bit weaker from that. Those were big pitches she made. We came out on the lucky end of this one I guess.”

The Lady Cardinals popped out to open the seventh inning and third baseman Gloriann Cordero made an athletic stop on a hard hit grounder and gunned down the runner at first for the second out. The next batter smacked a hard shot to deep center for the final out of the game.

“It got way back there,” Weaver said. “We have a 200 ft. fence, but that was probably 199. This was another big win. You get up for these kinda teams you really do.”

The Lady Jaguars will now host the Lowe’s Classic this weekend.



North Laurel 1, Scott Co. 0

Scott County 000 000 0-0 2

North Laurel 100 000 X-1 3

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