By Les Dixon/Sports Editor
PULASKI COUNTY — North Laurel entered Tuesday’s contest with Pulaski County with an impressive five-game winning streak while not allowing a run during the past 31 innings.
The scoreless streak lasted five more innings against the Maroons until the Jaguars saw a 2-0 lead evaporate into a 4-2 deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning with Pulaski County holding on for the win.
North Laurel coach blamed his team’s lack of hitting with runners in scoring position being a key point in the loss.
“We left seven runners in scoring position and you can’t do that,” he said. “We had some chances to have some big innings, but couldn’t score. We played well, but just couldn’t get a hit when we needed it.”
The game was scoreless through four innings until a run-scoring single by Marcus Carson gave his team a 1-0 edge in the top of the fifth inning. The Jaguars’ lead increased to 2-0 in the top of the sixth after an RBI double by Austin Thompson and that’s when trouble began for North Laurel.
Two errors in the bottom of the sixth inning turned out to be big, as the Maroons rallied to score four runs and managed to hold on and win by two runs.
“It was a good game,” McWhorter said. “We made every play early on we needed to make, but things just didn’t work out. We made some errors there in the sixth inning that hurt us.”