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June 6, 2014

Nell of a Game

South's Murray knocks in three runs, sparks 5-2 Lady Cardinal victory

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Staff Writer

OWENSBORO — The South Laurel Lady Cardinals have made a habit of scoring early and taking control of the game the past couple of weeks and it wasn’t any different during Thursday’s opening round game of the KHSAA Fastpitch State Tournament against 10th Region champion George Rogers Clark.

The Lady Cardinals (32-8) earned a date with 11th Region Champion Scott County in quarterfinal action today by defeating George Rogers Clark, 5-2.

“This was a big win for us,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “It was a must-win for us because with the draw we had, if we lost, we would have went into the pit. It’s huge to get the first round win.

“I thought we were ready to play tonight,” he added. “It always helps to come out and score early, and we were able to do that. A lot of people really aren’t mentioning us at all in the lower bracket, and really not giving us a chance, but we’re a good team.”

South Laurel showed just how good it could be in the top of the first inning, as senior catcher Nell Murray connected with a two-out, two-run single to give her team a 2-0 edge.

The Lady Cardinals added another run in the top of the fourth inning after a bunt by Haley Shelby scored Destiney Salva.

Burns’ squad took a 5-0 edge in the top of the fifth inning, as a double by Burns and a single by Makenzie Powenski allowed Murray and Leslie Dixon each drive in a run.

And that would be all of the runs the Lady Cardinals would need because Hagan Burns was unhittable during the first five innings.

George Rogers Clark managed to score a run in both the sixth and seventh innings, but the damage had already been done.

Hagan Burns allowed six hits and struck out seven batters as she collected her 25th win of the season while Murray led South Laurel’s seven-hit attack by going 2-for-4 with three RBI in the win.

“We just need to continue to play like we have been playing,” James Burns said. “I thought Hagan pitched well tonight, but she looked a little tired at the end of the game. She’ll be ready to go in the morning.

“I’m happy with the way we played,” he added. “Winning this first game is big, and if we can get this win in the morning, we’ll be right there.”

 

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