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June 9, 2014

Oh, Mercy!

Cardinals drop 11-1 decision to Simon Kenton in state semifinals

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

LEXINGTON — Coming in to Friday’s state semifinal game against Simon Kenton (25-16), South Laurel head coach Wynn Harris said he liked his team’s chances.

In the first two rounds of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament, Harris had gotten two complete games out of Braden Miller and Austin Vigeant, setting the Cardinals up for a possible run to the finals.

“We’ve been a little lucky with our pitching, so I like our chances right now,” Harris said after Thursday’s win over South Warren.

It wasn’t to be as South Laurel (29-9) dropped an 11-1 decision to the 8th Region champion Pioneers in six innings Friday.

Harris went with junior Zach Allen on the mound Friday, but the decision turned out to hurt the Cardinals. Simon Kenton tagged Allen for five runs (three earned) on five hits through 3 1/3 innings.

South Laurel’s defense didn’t help the cause, committing six errors throughout the game.

The Pioneers jumped ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the second after Tyler Smith was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning. Smith moved to second on a sacrifice and scampered to third on a passed ball. Tristen Marcum put Simon Kenton on top with an RBI single to right field.

After a quiet third inning by both teams, South Laurel tied things up on an inside-the-park home run by Allen, making it a 1-1 game.

The Pioneers answered in the home half of the fourth and in a big way.

Six runs on four hits and three errors put the Cardinals in a 7-1 hole that they were never able to dig out of.

Simon Kenton added four runs on four more hits in the bottom of the sixth, ending the game on an RBI single off the bat of Colton Downs, making it 11-1, forcing the mercy rule to be enforced.

The loss ends a run that saw South Laurel win 15 of its last 17 games, all coming after a four-game losing streak in late May. The Cardinals claimed their second 13th Region title in the past three seasons as they finished with a 29-9 overall record, while going 17-4 against regional foes.


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