By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN — A late rally was the difference Monday as the North Laurel Lady Jaguars scored six runs in the seventh inning to pull out the 6-0 win over the Corbin Lady Redhounds.
After a pitcher’s duel for most of the contest, both coaches gave credit where credit was due.
“Both pitchers pitched really well and Hannah (Hart) made it difficult for us,” Lady Jaguars’ coach Becky Osborne said. “She was really hitting her spots and making us go with her pitches and we weren’t able to do that early.
“We got lucky and caught some breaks when they made some errors,” she added. “Just like this weekend, when you have errors against a good team, usually they’ll capitalize on them and that’s what we did in the end.”
As for the Lady Redhounds, Corbin coach Chris Hart said he was happy with the way his team played, but in the end he said costly errors were the difference in the game.
“I was happy that we were able to play as well as we did and keep them scoreless through six innings,” Hart said. “But I am frustrated that we made some errors in the seventh that allowed them to get the go-ahead run, which opened up the door for them.
“I told our kids that you have to be able to finish when you get a good team like this on the ropes,” Hart added. “That’s what's frustrating is that we weren’t able to finish tonight, but we’ll learn from this.”
The two teams combined for eight hits through the first six innings of play and the only runner to get past first to that point was when Vanessa Smith singled and reached second with one out in the top of the fourth, only to be stranded.
North Laurel’s Mikayla Vires earned the win for the Lady Jaguars after going the distance with five hits and four strikeouts in the game.
Though they scored six in the seventh inning, the only run the Lady Jaguars would need in the end is the one scored by Vires after an error by Kaitley Jackson put North Laurel on top 1-0.
Osborne’s squad took advantage of Corbin’s miscues, while also collecting four hits in the inning, including a RBI single by Kailin Yantz that pushed the gap to 2-0, en route to the win.
With the win North Laurel improves to 12-7 on the season, while the Lady Redhounds fall to 11-8. Corbin will be back in action today when they travel to Clay County to face the Lady Tigers.
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