WHITLEY COUNTY—The North Laurel Lady Jaguars shut out the Lynn Camp Lady Wildcats in the first round of the 13th Region Softball Tournament on Monday, taking a 13-0 win.
North Laurel Coach Doug Gregory said Monday’s win over Lynn Camp was won from the circle, as North Laurel’s Payten Gregory was able to shutout the Lady Wildcats. She didn’t allow a single run and only allowed two hits in the game, while finding nine strikeouts.
“That game was won in the circle from the get-go,” he said.
The Lady Jaguars opened up scoring in the first inning when Becca Riley tripled on a 1-2 count to give North Laurel two runs and an early 2-0 lead over the Lady Wildcats.
A big seven-run inning helped to extend the Lady Jaguars’ lead. Riley, Haley Griebel, Madison Parman, Bailee Root and Rick Collett all drove in runs for North Laurel in the fourth inning.
North Laurel put up three more runs in the top of the fifth inning before the game ended in a Mercy Rule.
North Laurel tallied 13 hits in the game, with every Lady Jaguar in the lineup contributing at least one hit. Root led the team with three hits, while Riley led the team with four RBI.
“We had to make adjustments with their pitching but the girls were seeing the ball really well,” said Gregory. “Taylor Jones had some really key hits. We’re seeing the ball well right now and I hope that continues.”
With the win, the Lady Jaguars put a stop to Lynn Camp’s historic season. The Lady Wildcats ended their season with a season-best 25-12 record and a 51st District title.
North Laurel will move on to the semifinal round of the 13th Region Softball Tournament where the Lady Jaguars will be facing the Whitley County Lady Colonels Tuesday.
“We’ve got to continue to hit the ball,” Gregory said of today’s matchup with Whitley County. “Whitley County is a good team. Angela (Singleton) does a great job with her team and they’ll be prepared. But we’ll be prepared, also.”