By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
What a difference a week makes.
The South Laurel Lady Cardinals entered spring break red-hot at the plate, averaging 10 runs per game, but they left South Carolina struggling.
The Lady Cardinals (5-4) posted a 1-3 mark during their stay in Myrtle Beach, S.C. while being shut out twice and being outscored 26-11 during the process.
“I just believe we had too many distractions,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “You have to get up early and then you’ve got this and that and really I believe there are a lot of things you take for granted when you’re at home.
“Coming into this, we thought we knew what was going on, but we just struggled hitting the ball. We didn’t play well at all,” he added. “It was a tough week.”
In South Laurel’s defense, the Lady Cardinals did play a tough slate.
They started the trip with a 13-2 loss to Carolina Forest, S.C. and followed that with an 8-0 defeat to New York’s Horseheads High School.
“We just didn’t hit the ball really good,” Burns said. “We couldn’t get any timely hits at all.”
In the loss to Horseheads N.Y., South Laurel committed 10 errors and finished the tournament with 20 overall.
“It was Whitley County all over again,” Burns said about his team’s loss to Whitley County last season. “We were just making way too many errors — it’s terrible.”
South Laurel did manage to erase the memory of the loss to Horseheads, N.Y. with a 9-0 win against Ohio’s Bellbrock High School, but finished the trip with a 5-0 loss to Liverpool, N.Y.
“We’ve got a bad taste right now,” Burns admitted. “Nobody likes to lose and I believe the girls will be more focused on what they are doing.
“We’ve got some things we’ve got to fix,” he added. “We had some different situations we didn’t handle well and now we’ve got to work on those things.”
Despite the 1-3 mark, Burns admitted he saw some positive things out of the trip.
“We saw some good things here,” he said. “I thought Megan Smith really pitched well and I was really happy with that. Our jayvee team went 3-1 and the game they lost was only by one run. It’s strange how we struggled hitting down here, but we’ll get back to work.”
South Laurel will be back in action Tuesday in a 50th District battle against Williamsburg before facing off against 13th Region rival North Laurel on the road Thursday.