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Abby Sears is congratulated by her father, Scott.

Although the North Laurel Jaguars were practicing bunting before their 4-1 win over Russell County, the pitching machine would not be put away until late, late Monday night.

“Our bunting has struggled all year,” North Laurel coach Shane Weaver said, “I am not going to lie about it. We have popped bunts up all year and that is way we have our machine set up right now. We are going to go bunt. That is something in post season we can’t do, we have got to move a runner.”

On the other hand the Jaguars showed off their deep pitching staff by throwing three pitchers and only giving up two hits while recording 11 strikeouts. Abby Sears started the game, Carrie Cobb came in a pitched three innings before Megan Taylor took the mound. Sears re-entered the game to grab the final two outs.

“Megan and Abby have been injured the last couple of weeks,” Weaver said, “Today was all about splitting some time with them. It is good for them to see batters again. We will be splitting time with them all week.”

With a 4-0 lead in the seventh inning the Jaguars had to make a quick trip back to Sears after Russell County tried to rally by putting runners on second and third with one out. Although the visitors managed to score on a grounder for their second out, the Jaguar junior gun slinger struck out the last batter to end the game.

North Laurel did most of its damage in the third inning by driving in three runs. Kensey Woods got things going with a double. Woods went on to score after an error on a throw from the shortstop attempted to gun down Logan Taylor at first. With two down, Sears stepped up and smacked a two run double line drive to left center to give the Jaguars a 3-0 lead.

“For the most part we kept the ball out of the air today,” Weaver said, “We got the ball down and big hitters came back and had a good day. We just have to find a way to put it all together these last couple of weeks.”

The Jaguars will face some tough competition as they host Madison Central on Thursday, then travel to Louisville for two games against Christian County and Grayson County this weekend. Then the post season starts.

“Having one game in the district and some time to prepare will be good,” Weaver said, “I think we will be ready by the time that comes.”

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