By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
SOUTH LAUREL — The South Laurel Lady Cardinals look to have rebounded well after dropping a two-run decision to cross-town rival North Laurel earlier this past week by capturing their second and third wins in a row on Saturday.
The Lady Cardinals fought back from a two-run deficit during their first of two games, and rallied by scoring a run in the sixth inning and two more in the bottom of the seventh inning to knock off Johnson Central, 3-2.
South Laurel (14-2) didn’t have as much trouble during its second game, defeating winless South Oldham handedly, 14-0.
“I was really pleased with the way we were able to fight back and win the game against Johnson Central,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “That team is a really good team. They are kind of young, but they had a very good pitcher.
“We were able to get a bunch of hits and win,” he added. “I was really pleased with the way the first one ended, and the way the second game went through.”
One big reason South Laurel was able to pull off both games was because of the pitching of senior pitcher Hagan Burns.
She allowed four hits and no earned runs against Johnson Central while striking out eight batters and tossed four shut out innings against South Oldham and allowed no hits and struck out six batters.
“I thought Hagan pitched really good,” Burns said. “She’s been pitching solid all year. She pitches where we need her to throw it, and that has kept us in the ball games. If we can make the defensive plays, then we are in the ball game.”
Burns’ squad will now shift their focus to two district games this week. If the Lady Cardinals can take care of business against Whitley County today, and Corbin Thursday, they will improve to 4-0 in district play, and move into the driver’s seat for the 50th District’s top seed.
“It’s big if we can get those wins,” Burns said. “It would be a big jump. Those are two we’d like to win because you always want the one seed. It’s always important to get the one seed.”
Burns said he was happy with where his team is standing heading into the second part of the season.
“I thought we would struggle more early in the season, but we didn’t,” he said. “We struggled some here in the middle, a little bit. But now we’re coming out of it. We’ve got a pretty good idea of where we want to play everybody and everyone is really improving. That’s the big thing.”
South Laurel 3, Johnson Central 2
Johnson Central built a 2-0 lead thanks to two South Laurel errors before seeing the Lady Cardinals rally during the game’s final two innings to pick up a 3-2 win.
Brittany Vandeventer’s run-scoring single cut the Lady Cardinals’ deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning before Makenzie Powenski tied the game up at two apiece in the bottom of the seventh inning with a hard hit single.
Nell Murray won the game for South Laurel two batters later by driving in Powenski with a hit to the outfield.
The Lady Cardinals finished the game with five hits, as Hagan Burns, Powenski, Kaylee Norvell, Murray, and Kaylyn Perkins each finished with a single apiece.
South Laurel 14, South Oldham 0
The Lady Cardinals scored three runs apiece in the second and third innings before putting the game away with an eight-run fourth defeating South Oldham, 14-0.
Madyson Morris led the way with a single, two runs scored, and three RBI while Hagan Burns had two hits and two RBI. Kaylee Norvell had two hits, three runs scored and two RBI while Brittany Vandeventer wet 2-for-4 with two RBI.
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