North Laurel Blue's Keaton Kennedy slides into home against Hazard-Perry.

CORBIN—The North Laurel Minor League All-Stars may have won two battles on Monday night as they used their deep pitching staff to pull off a 12-6 win against the Hazard-Perry All-Stars while fighting the pitch count rule.

North shot down Hazard-Perry with five gunslingers. Austin Rudder, Zach Lawson, Peyton Broughton, Kyle Jeffers and Braxton Hicks all took turns on the mound.

“We had a game plan to not use up our pitchers unless we had to,” North Laurel assistant coach Mike Broughton said. “It wasn’t a pretty game because of that. We didn’t give any of the pitchers an opportunity to get in the flow of the game. We only burned one pitcher so we are in good shape for our next game.”

Keaton Kennedy got things going early for North with a two run triple in the first inning to take a 2-0 advantage. Jake McWhorter also hit a double in the first inning as North pulled out to a 4-0 lead.

After Hazard-Perry scored on a base hit and a passed ball for two runs in the second inning, North answered back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. After Broughton reached on a walk and Lawson reached on a double, Kennedy drove them both home with hard hit double to give North a 6-2 lead.

Although Hazard-Perry battled back to cut the lead to 8-5 in the top of the fifth inning, North used four straight RBI’s to put the game away in the bottom of the fifth. With runners on second and third, Broughton hit an RBI single followed by a RBI double by Lawson and an RBI triple by Kennedy. Jeffers rounded out the inning with an RBI single to give North its largest lead at 12-5.

“There is not a doubt in my mind that if we would have left Austin in the game that he would have settled down and gave us four or five good innings,” Broughton said. “We needed him for tomorrow. I have no complaints, anytime you can throw that many pitchers and only give up six runs you are doing a pretty good job.”

Although Broughton was happy with the win, he admits his team will not be satisfied with anything less the making it to the state tournament.

“I think we have a good shot,” Broughton said. “We have one goal and that is to make the state tournament.”

With the win North Laurel stayed alive in the loser’s bracket with a game last night, too late for this edition.

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