Gloriann Cordero makes the catch at third.

Two top 10 teams battled it out in the final game of Saturday’s Lowe’s Classic, with No. 7 Mercy beating No. 5 North Laurel, 3-2, in a tournament that was hampered by heavy rain.

“This weekend was obviously tough to get in with the weather we received,” coach Shane Weaver said. “Thanks to our parents, we were able to get fields playable after all of the rain, which we really needed for the team. Also, South Laurel athletic director Keith Gilbert deserves a lot of gratitude for allowing us to also use their field.”

After being off for 10 days, Weaver said it was crucial that they try to get games in this weekend, especially with the quality of teams that the Lady Jags could face. The weather did keep Scott County, Manual, Apollo and Garrard County from attending. But North was able to face Franklin County and Mercy, which Weaver said was beneficial for his team.

“I am extremely pleased with how we competed in all three games,” Weaver said. “I personally feel that Mercy has the best overall program we have faced, if you consider coaching, offense, defense, pitching and overall athleticism.”

The NL-Mercy game didn’t start until 10:30 p.m., as North Laurel took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Gloriann Cordero led off with a walk, and Courtney Brock singled to left. With one out, Brooklyn Pennington singled to left, driving in Cordero for the 1-0 lead. Brock moved to third on the play. Kelsie Smith then hit a ground ball to the right side to score Brock.

Mercy tied the game in the bottom of the second when Megan Taylor hit the leadoff batter, Wood, then a single by Meiners and a walk to Paige French loaded the bases. A passed ball off of Rachel Akins’ glove allowed Wood to score, then a single by Humphrey scored Meiners, tying the game at 2-2.

Mercy took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as a routine pop up in the infield was dropped, which would have been the third out. With midnight looming, time expired on the Lady Jaguars, and Mercy emerged with a 3-2 win.

North Laurel downed No. 24 Franklin Co., 3-0. then beat Russell 8-1.

The Lady Jags scored all three of their runs against Franklin Co. in the top of the third when Blake Johnson singled, and Sidney Herrell came in to run. She would scored when Cordero doubled off the wall in left-center. Cordero then scored as the throw to the plate got away from the catcher to make it 2-0. Courtney Brock then doubled to left and scored on a ground out by Pennington.

Megan Taylor got the win, going five inning, allowing no runs while striking out seven. She allowed two hits.

Megan Baldwin got the win against Russell, throwing a three hitter while allowing one run and striking out nine.

Brock was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Pennington was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Kelsie Smith and Taylor also scored, while Taylor had two RBIs and Blake Johnson, one RBI.

“Megan (Taylor) continues to do a great job in both games she threw,” Weaver said. “She’s become our little bulldog and continues to keep us in games. It’s also positive to have Megan Baldwin come in and throw a good game against Russell as an eighth grader to gain valuable experience. Now, we just hope to get some practice time in on the field and work on our overall game heading into the final week before district and region tournaments. Once we get back in a rhythm and discontinue crucial mistakes, I feel good out about post season chances.”

North Laurel was scheduled to host Whitley Co. Tuesday and Corbin on Thursday.

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