North Laurel captured a state record 18th regional title after rallying past crosstown rival South Laurel with a 11-5 decision on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.
Doug Gregory’s squad fell behind 2-0 before taking a 5-2 lead in the second inning. The Lady Cardinals tied the game at five apiece in the fourth inning before North Laurel took control with a six-run fifth inning.
South Laurel (22-13) struck first, rallying for two runs in the top of the first inning. Makayla Blair reached base on an error while Madison Worley followed with a run-scoring double to give the Lady Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Katie Jervis followed Worley’s lead, and connected with another one-run double, pushing the Lady Cardinals’ advantage to 2-0.
North Laurel answered in the bottom of the second with two runs scoring on an error while Emily Sizemore delivered a run-scoring single. Maddie Dagley and Saige McClure both followed with run-scoring doubles to give the Lady Jaguars a 5-2 advantage.
That’s when the rain came and delayed the game for close to an hour.
A run-scoring double by Katie Jervis cut North Laurel’s deficit to 5-3 while Chloe Taylor’s run-scoring single in the top of the fourth made the score, 5-4. Gray delivered a double that scored Taylor, tying the game at five apiece.
The game didn’t stay tied for long.
Hallie Proffitt’s pop fly in the infield dropped in for a single, scoring Tyra Fields while Ellie Adams followed with a two-run single, increasing the Lady Jaguars’ advantage to 8-5. Dagley helped her own cause with a run-scoring hit while Emily Sizemore scored on an error allowing North Laurel’s lead to extend to 10-5. Makayla Mastin crossed home plate thanks to a wild pitch to make the score 11-5.