TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
SOUTH LAUREL — Both Corbin and South Laurel fans got to watch an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel between Lady Redhound hurler Hannah Hart and Lady Cardinal hurler Hagan Burns during Thursday’s 50th District matchup.
Both pitchers turned in one of their best efforts of the season, but in the end, South Laurel (11-4) did just enough to remain unbeaten in 50th District play at 5-0, while defeating the Lady Redhounds 3-1.
“It was a battle and a pitcher’s duel” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “Every time we face them it turns into a pitcher’s duel.
“Hannah Hart pitched well tonight,” he added. “She had us off and we got a lot of runners on, but we just couldn’t get them in. Our defense stepped up. You can’t hit everything and our defense was there tonight. Hagan pitched an excellent game, I thought she pitched well. Every time they go against each other they pitch well.”
The Lady Cardinals took advantage of four Corbin (11-7 overall and 2-1 in 50th District play) errors and led 2-0 after two innings of play before the Lady Redhounds began to rally in the fourth inning.
Corbin added a run to cut its deficit to 2-1, but the Lady Cardinals added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning to preserve the win.
“I would call this a good pitcher’s duel,” Corbin coach Chris Hart said. “We made some errors there that could have kept the score a whole lot closer than it was, but I thought both pitchers done a good job.
“You know, of course I’d like to have the win, but I’m extremely happy with the way my team played,” he added. “We played a terrific team. I’m just really proud of the way my girls competed tonight.”
With the win, Burns’ squad is now in the driver’s seat for the 50th District’s top seed.
“It was a big win for us,” he admitted. “We still got to play them again and beat them again if you want that No. 1 seed.”
Burns finished the game allowing only one run and four hits while striking out six batters and Hart allowed five hits, only one run and struck out three batters.
“I can’t say anything negative tonight,” Hart said. “We had a couple of chances to drive in some runs, but I’m proud of my team tonight.”
Brittany Vandeventer finished the game with a hit and an RBI for South Laurel while Whitley Gatliff led the Lady Redhounds at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort. Katie Bernardo had one hit and one RBI for Corbin.