By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
After starting their trip at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. with a disappointing 7-0 loss to Marshall County, the North Laurel Lady Jaguars closed out their stay in the Florida Softball Beach Bash going 3-1 the rest of the way.
The Lady Jaguars (6-5) managed to cap off the trip with two impressive wins over both Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and North Hardin.
“We were kind of up and down during our first few games here, but we settled down,” North Laurel coach Becky Osborne said.
The Lady Jaguars had to withstand a couple of injuries along the way in the Sunshine State, but managed to overcome those obstacles by getting solid efforts from players such as Kailin Yantz, Farris Strong and Mikayla Vires.
Yantz, who is only a freshman, led North Laurel with an 11-for-17 effort at the plate during the Lady Jaguars’ stay in Florida while Strong was 6-for-15 and Sidney Herrell turned in a 7-of-19 effort.
Vires, who is also a freshman, stepped up against North Hardin, and limited the Lady Trojans to only one run and three hits while striking out three batters.
“Mikayla pitched great," Osborne said. "I wanted to give her a chance and see how the team responded with her on the mound and they did a great job making the plays behind her. We only made one error.”
North Laurel will now shift its focus to Tuesday’s 49th District doubleheader against Clay County and Jackson County. Wins over both teams mean the Lady Jaguars will clinch the district tournament’s top seed.
But that’s not all.
The Lady Jaguars will have a showdown with rival South Laurel Thursday at home.
With that said, Osborne seemed pleased with the way things went in Florida.
"I'm happy with the way things went, especially the past two games. I thought we played well against North Hardin and I'm happy to get the win."