Carrie Cobb (left) and Abby Sears give North Laurel a potent 1-2 punch on the mound.

Any good pitcher can have an off day, but the good thing for the North Laurel Lady Jaguars is they always have a backup plan.

With senior pitchers Abby Sears and Carrie Cobb both turning in spectacular seasons while sharing time on the mound, the Lady Jaguars are poised to win a state championship.

Although Sears has received more attention during her high school career and has more experience on the mound, Cobb has established herself as one of the top pitchers in the state with an impressive 11-1 record. Sears holds an equally impressive mark of 19 wins and five losses this season.

“Some games when I’m not doing good, Abby will be there to back me up and when she is not doing good, I will be there to back her up,” Cobb said. “If one of us is not on our game the other one is always there to back them up.”

Sears admitted it was nice to be able to relax and know that someone is there to step in if things are not going well.

“It’s not like it’s just on one person’s shoulders,” Sears said. “If one of us is having a bad day we know the other one is there.”

Although most of the time when two quality athletes are playing the same position it becomes a competition; it’s not that way with Sears and Cobb.

“We are not competitive with each other,” Cobb said. “We just try to go out there and do what we need to get things done.”

Sears agrees.

“Sometimes two pitchers battle for the starting position, but we don’t,” Sears said. “I’m okay if she starts and she is okay if I start because we are both really confident in each other.”

While both pitchers are tough face and can be untouchable at times, there is one major difference in their game. Cobb shows nearly no emotion while Sears wears her emotions on her sleeve.

“Coach (Shane) Weaver says I’m unflappable,” Cobb said. “I don’t know what that means.”

Sears quickly explained.

“If anything bothers her she doesn’t show it,” Sears said. “Sometimes my emotions get the best of me. I’ve gotten a little better, but you can never tell if something is wrong with Carrie.”

“I faced Carrie when I was a coach at Christian County,” Weaver said. “That kid has made the biggest strides, not just as a pitcher, but as a competitor. She has great work ethic and her attitude is irreplaceable.”

Weaver agreed that Cobb is very unemotional.

“She’s level-headed and shows no emotion,” Weaver said. “And she’s the easiest kid to work with. She’s been under the radar, but has pitched against some outstanding teams, like Dunbar and Greenwood.”

Weaver also noted that having Cobb has only helped Sears this season.

“Abby is stronger now,” Weaver said. “Having another pitcher gives her a fresher arm.”

While the dynamic duo understands how hard it is win it all, they are confident in the fact they have each other which they see as an advantage.

“Most teams have one pitcher all the time, but we have two which is a good thing,” Sears said.

Cobb agrees.

“We have an advantage over them.” Cobb said.

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