By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
FORT WALTON BEACH, FLA. — North Laurel finished its trip in the Fort Walton Beach Classic with two straight wins while going 3-2 overall during its stay in Florida.
“I'm happy with the way things went, especially the past two games,” North Laurel coach Becky Osborne said. “I thought we played well against North Hardin and I'm happy to get the win.”
North Laurel 4, North Hardin 1
Osborne decided to go with Mikayla Vires on the mound and the freshman hurler didn't let her down. She picked up the win while allowing only three hits and struck out three batters.
Kailin Yantz and Vanessa Smith had a couple of hits along with Farris Strong during the win.
“Mikayla pitched great,” Osborne said. "I wanted to give her a chance and see how the team responded with her on the mound and they did a great job making the plays behind her. We only made one error.
“Kailin, Vanessa and Farris continue to hit well for us,” she added. “I thought we did well.”
North Laurel 2, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 1
The North Laurel Lady Jaguars picked up a big win over host Fort Walton Beach, Fla. by picking up a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
The Lady Jaguars received a solid pitching effort by Megan Baldwin to improve to 5-5 on the season.
“This was a huge win for us,” Osborne said. “I believe we were up for this game mentally and ready to play.
“We’ve been kind of up and down during our first few games here, but we settled down and got a big win today.”
North Laurel scored runs in the second and fourth innings and Mikayla Vires led the way with two RBIs and a hit, as the Lady Jaguars pounded out 11 hits.
Kailin Yantz went 3-for-4, while Farris Strong and Blake Johnson each went 2-for-3 at the plate.
“I thought we came out fast tonight and did a good job of hitting,” Osborne said. “We strung together some hits and I was really pleased with the way we played.
“I thought Megan pitched very good,” she added. “She was on.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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