By John Stepp For The Times Tribune
NORTH LAUREL — The North Laurel Jaguars picked up an easy win on Monday, defeating the McCreary Central Raiders 14-1 in five innings of action.
It was a much-needed win for the Jaguars, who have been in close games for the duration of the season.
“We needed an easy game like this. It seems like we’ve been fighting for our lives lately, in all of these close games, so it was time for us to have a game like this,” said North Laurel Coach Darren McWhorter. “When you get games like these, you have to take advantage of them.”
The Jaguars went scoreless in the first inning, before breaking the game open in the bottom of the second, scoring seven runs. Senior Marcus Carson picked up a single in the inning, and knocked home one run. Most of the other Jaguars’ runs came by way of walk or passed balls.
“We did a really good job tonight at being patient at the plate, and that’s how we were able to score that many runs,” said McWhorter. “A lot of runs came from walks and then guys hitting them in. Sometimes you can swing your way out of games like this by going up there and swinging at everything, but we did a good job tonight.”
North Laurel would go on to score seven more runs in the game, while holding the Raiders to just one run on the night. Sophomore Logan Mallory led the Jaguars at the plate with two hits and three RBI, while Ethan Maxey and Carson added one RBI each. Eight different players scored for the Jaguars.
Sophomore pitcher Byron Rice put in a complete game effort for the Jaguars. Rice allowed just three hits on the night, while striking out two and walking three.
“We had a young pitcher in there in Byron Rice. He pitched the entire five innings and managed to keep his pitch count low,” said McWhorter. “He was throwing everything around the plate. He did a really good job for us.”
North Laurel will be back in action today, taking on Jackson County at home.
By John Stepp For The Times Tribune
- Local Sports
On the Carpet
It's not been easy, but Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are one game away from capturing the football program's first-ever Class A state championship.
Leading the way
A little over 24 hours separates the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets from a showdown with the Mayfield Cardinals for the 2013 Class A State Championship, but it’s taken a lot longer for the program itself to reach this point.
Gilliam Gymnasium had a tournament-like atmosphere Tuesday night as the Corbin Redhounds defeated the Jackson County Generals, 75-73, in the opening game of the season for both teams.
Yes you, May
The Lynn Camp Lady Wildcats are coming off their best season in program history, and things got even better Tuesday, as Richard Jones' squad won its season-opener over visiting, Burgin, 54-41.
Colonels pick up 64-61 road win over Bell County
After narrowly escaping with their season-opener Monday with a 75-74 win over Garrard County, the Whitley County Colonels pulled off what some may view as a shocker Tuesday.
Barbourville knocks off Jellico, Tenn., 60-50
It may have been a win, but Barbourville head coach Andrea Hillard did not have the tune of a happy coach after her Lady Tigers’ 60-50 win over Jellico, Tenn. Tuesday.
Barbourville cruises to 85-43 win over Jellico
It didn’t take long for the Barbourville Tigers to take care of business on their home court in the opening game of the 2013-2014 campaign.
Swords' Wildcats earn 62-49 win over Burgin
The Eric Swords era started off on the right foot, as his Lynn Camp Wildcats rallied in fine fashion to knock off Burgin Tuesday, 62-49.
They may have had to withstand a furious finish by Garrard County to do so, but the Whitley County Colonels opened the season with a 75-74 win Monday.
Happy 2013-14 hoops season to one and all!
For most local high school sports fans the passing of the Thanksgiving holiday means the official beginning of basketball season.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- On the Carpet