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April 9, 2014

Rounding Third

Mcwhorter homers, Jags grab 9-1 win over Clay

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

NORTH LAUREL — The North Laurel Jaguars improved to 8-4 on the season with a 9-1 win over district rival Clay County Tuesday.

The bad news for the Jaguars is there’s little time to relish the win, as today’s showdown with South Laurel looms large on the schedule.

“This was a good win for our kids and it allows us to go in to the South Laurel game with some momentum,” North Laurel head coach Darren McWhorter said. “We know that any time we face South Laurel it’s going to be a tough test and this year is no different because they’re off to a hot start.”

The Jaguars jumped ahead early with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Austin Thompson and Cole Lewis each knocked in a run.

North Laurel added a pair of runs in the second and third innings, stretching the lead to 7-1 heading in to the top of the fourth inning.

All was quiet until the bottom of the fifth when Jake McWhorter connected for a solo home run, pushing the lead to 8-1. The Jaguars added a run in the sixth inning to give them the 9-1 win after shutting Clay County down the rest of the way.

Ethan Maxey was 2-for-3 with a runs scored in the win, while Lewis was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Jake McWhorter was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two runs scored.

As for his team’s play so far this season, McWhorter said he’s pleased with the progress that’s being made every game.

“We’re playing a lot better right now than we were in the early stages of the season,” McWhorter said. “At this point of the season, that’s really all you can ask your kids to do — improve every time out there.”

The Jaguars will travel across town today to face the South Laurel Cardinals (7-1) at 5:30 p.m.  

 

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