By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
LONDON — The North Laurel 11-12-year-old Fastpitch All Stars are 2-0 in tournament play after a pair of wins over the weekend.
North Laurel knocked off South London by a score of 6-2 Saturday and cruised past Knox County in a 27-3 shellacking Sunday afternoon.
The win sends North Laurel to Tuesday’s winner’s bracket semifinals to face the winner of the game between McCreary County and Leslie County.
With his team sitting at 2-0 in the tournament, North Laurel head coach Kevin Houston said he likes the position his team is in, having won the first two games of the tournament.
“Our kids have played some intense softball and we knew they would have to in the beginning,” Houston said. “Saturday’s game was a very intense game between us and South London, but we expected that kind of game from the start.
“We came out against Knox County and I told the girls I wanted us to maintain that kind of intensity in the second game as well,” he added. “They did a good job and played errorless games both days and that’s really all you can ask for from your kids at this level.”
• No. Laurel 6, So. London 2
After a pair of scoreless innings for both teams, South London was able to get on the scoreboard in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.
A two-run double off the bat of Mackenzie Powenski gave South London a 2-0 lead, but that lead was shortlived.
North Laurel answered with a five-run fourth inning to grab a 5-2 lead that it would never let go of. North Laurel added a run in the fifth to push the gap to 6-2 heading into the bottom of the first inning.
South London went down in order in the home-half of the fifth, but threatened in the sixth before a strikeout by South London ended the threat and the game.
• North Laurel 27, Knox Co. 3
North Laurel scored early and often during Sunday’s blowout win over Knox County, cruising to the 27-3 victory.
North Laurel scored 16 runs in the first inning and never looked back as it cruised to the win.
Three more runs in the second pushed the gap to 19-0, while another in the third put North Laurel on top 20-0.
North Laurel added seven runs in the fourth to stretch the lead to 27-0, but Knox County managed to battle back to a point in the fourth and final inning.
Knox County rallied to score three runs in the fourth, trimming the gap to 27-3. The bad news is it was too little, too late for Knox County as they fell, 27-3.
Houston said he was pleased with the way his team maintained focus during both games over the weekend.
“After a tough game like we had against South London you worry about your team staying focused,” Houston said. “Our kids did a good job of focusing on this game and it paid off.”