Times Tribune Staff Report
NORTH LAUREL — It didn’t take long for the South London All-Stars to take care of business and pick up their third straight win in the District 4 Little League Girls Tournament on Wednesday.
South London scored 13 runs in the first inning and never looked back, as they defeated Leslie County All-Stars, 20-0, in a game-shortened four innings.
“We did what we needed to do to get the win and once again, I’m proud of our girls’ effort,” South London coach Les Dixon said. “I’m really impressed with the way our pitching is coming along. Kenzie Jervis, Makenzie Powenski and Tori Byrd are looking outstanding in the circle.
“Our hitting is coming around, too,” he added. “I decided to change our first four hitters around in our line-up after the North Laurel game and our first four hitters are 33-for-38 at the plate since. I’ve been preaching patience to them and they’ve responded well. This is a great group of girls.”
South London collected 16 hits in the win, all coming from bunts, as Tori Byrd and Leslie Dixon led the way with 4-for-4 efforts at the plate. Byrd finished the game with three runs scored and an RBI while Dixon scored three times and drove in three runs.
Kenzie Jervis and Tori North each went 2-for-2, as Jervis had two runs scored and an RBI while North finished the game with two RBIs.
Makenzie Powenski collected three walks, three runs scored and one RBI while going 1-for-1 while Kylie McClain also went 1-for-1 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk. Morgan Hampton went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, while Kaitlyn Riley had a hit and a run scored in the win. Gracie Jervis collected two walks and had an RBI and scored three times while Diana Morgan and Katie Vance each had a run scored.
Jervis, Byrd and Powenski combined to pitch a perfect game, as Jervis tossed two innings of no-hit ball and struck out four batters. Byrd tossed an inning and struck out two batters while Powenski struck out the side in the fourth inning.
South London will now face-off against Clay County at 8 p.m. tonight and the winner will face-off against the loser of the winner’s bracket final between Corbin and North Laurel.
“It’s going to be tough,” Dixon said of his team having to play Clay County today. “First off, Clay County has a very good team and they’re going to be hard to beat. We’re going to have a tough time hitting their pitcher, Brianda Owens. She’s a class-act kid that has all of the talent in the world. In all honesty, if you’re a softball fan then drive down to North Laurel Little League Thursday. You’re going to see four very good teams play. It should be fun.”