A five-run seventh inning broke a 3-3 tie and lifted visiting Boyle County to an 8-3 win over South Laurel Friday night.
“We made the mistakes I thought we would make early in the year tonight,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “Five errors and that gave them all but two of their runs. We made mental mistakes like not covering the bases on a bunt.”
Hagan Burns took the loss for South Laurel, even though early on she kept the Lady Rebels at bay with a perfect game through three. Meanwhile, the Lady Cards struck for two runs in the bottom of the third for the early 2-0 lead.
With one out, Haley Shelby walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Leslie Dixon, then scored when Brittany Vandeventer doubled to center. Vandeventer came home on a single by Madyson Morris to make it 2-0.
Boyle County answered right back, tying the game in the top of the second.
Lauren Richards and Kalin Bottoms both laid down bunts that safe them reach base safely. Danielle Mason then grounded to Vandeventer at short, and her throw home got Richards for the first out. Bottoms scored on wild pitch, then Devin Conley singled to drive in Mason, tying the game at 2-2.
Boyle took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth thanks to two South Laurel errors. It stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth when the Lady Cardinals tied the game at 3-3 when Burns reached on an error and Kenzie Jervis came in to run for her. Makenzie Powenski reached on another error, then with one out, Kaylyn Perkins reached on the third Lady Rebel error of the inning which allowed Powenski to score.
Then came the top of the seventh, where the Lady Rebels scored five runs to take the 8-3 victory.
“The score is worse than it was,” Burns said. “Now we know what we need to work on. We hit the ball well. That’s the best team that we’ve played. They have a lot of speed. Their first two runs came off perfect bunts that no one could have gotten to. They moved the runners when they needed to. We just let some opportunities get away, especially when they made those two errors.”
The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to host Middlesboro tonight and Williamsburg Tuesday.
South Laurel 15, Knox Central 0
South Laurel rolled over visiting Knox Central Thursday, beating the Lady Panthers 15-0 in three innings.
“We were able to come out and take care of business,” Burns said. “We played hard all the way through.”
Destiney Salva, returning to the line-up after missing the first five games, led the way going 3-3 with three RBI. Hagan Burns, Makenzie Powenski and Kaylyn Perkins all drove in two runs each.
South scored four in the first then struck for 10 in the second inning. The Lady Cards added one run in the third to complete the 15-0 rout.
Burns picked up the win, allowing just one hit while striking out five in two innings of work. Salva pitched the third inning.
Brittany Vandeventer and Madyson Morris scored three runs each, while Powenski and Perkins scored twice.