On Derby Day, if you had Megan Taylor to win, you’d be rolling in dough right now.
The North Laurel pitcher won all three of her games in the Lowe’s Classic, including tossing a perfect game in an 8-0 win over Russell Independent.
Taylor, who has been recognized as one of the top 10 players in the state by i-High, struck out 17 Russell batters to complete perfection.
“It was Megan’s second perfect game this year, and her first seven inning perfect game of her career,” coach Shane Weaver said. “The defense helped out on four plays as she had everything working against the Red Devils. Russell always competes for the 16th Region title, but they were stymied by Megan on Saturday.”
North Laurel scored three in the top of the first, as Gloriann Cordero led off with a walk, and Carrie Root laid down a bunt single. Kelsie Smith then drove in both runs with a single to left, and Farris Strong scored on a ball that was thrown away for a 3-0 lead.
Cordero opened the second with a solo home run over the left field fence to make it 4-0. Smith then doubled, and Brooklyn Pennington was hit by a pitch. This set up Sidney Herrell, who singled to left to plate both runners and make it 6-0.
Herrell doubled to score Pennington in the fourth. Pennington had reached on a fielder’s choice. The final run came in the top of the sixth when Pennington singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored when Herrell singled to left.
North Laurel 13, Perry Co. Central 1
North opened play on Friday night by steam rolling the Lady Commodores, 13-1. Taylor got the win, going three innings, allowing two hits while striking out eight. Megan Bryant pitched the final three innings for the Lady Jaguars.
The game was scoreless until the top of the third, when North struck for three runs. Cordero led things off with a single, and was sacrificed to second by Root. Smith singled to left to score Cordero for a 1-0 lead.
Smith then stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead. Pennington walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a wild pitch.
The Lady Jags put the game away in the fourth, scoring seven runs on five walks and hits from Root and Taylor for a 10-0 lead. Perry Central picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth off Bryant, but North answered with three more runs in the top of the sixth to make the final, 13-1.
Haley Herrell singled and scored on a double by Blake Johnson. Vanessa Smith then singled to drive in Sidney Herrell, who was running for Johnson. Cordero picked up her second hit of the night, then Kelsie Smith drove in Vanessa Smith for the final run.
North Laurel 15, East Ridge 1
Another easy victory for North came in its second game of the night, rolling over East Ridge, 15-1.
North scored two in the first, two in the second, then five in the third and six in the fourth to complete the rout.
Cordero had three hits in the game, including her first one in the first on a single. She was moved to second on a Root bunt, and Taylor followed with a walk. Strong took her place on first base. Both runners advanced on a groundout by Kelsie Smith, and later scored as Sidney Herrell lined a single to right center for a 2-0 lead.
Two more runs crossed home in the second, as Haley Herrell and Cordero both scored. Then North put the game away in the third and fourth innings. Cordero and Smith both went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs, and Sidney Herrell and Blake Johnson capped off perfect nights at the plate, going 4-for-4 and 3-for-3, respectively.
North Laurel is now 19-9 on the season. The Lady Jags were scheduled to host Southwestern Pulaski Tuesday, and then Madison Central on Thursday.
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