By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
LONDON — After falling to North Laurel in the tournament opener Saturday, the South London 11-12-year-old All Stars have rattled off a pair of wins and they’ve done it in fine fashion.
A 12-2 win over Pulaski County Sunday set up Monday’s showdown against Tri-Cities as South London now faces a win-or-go-home situation every time it steps on the field.
The pressure didn’t get to them Monday though as South London’s first four hitters (Mackenzie Powenski, Tori Byrd, Leslie Dixon and Kenzie Jervis) combined to go 13-for-18 at the plate with a combined 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored in the team’s 16-5 win over Tri-Cities.
The difference in the two wins and the loss against North Laurel was what South London has been able to accomplish at the plate. In Saturday’s loss, South London’s first four hitters were 3-for-9 with two runs scored and an RBI.
In the two wins, South London has managed to go an astonishing 21-for-27 with a total of 14 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
Solid hitting combined with quality pitching efforts from the trio of Byrd, Kenzie Jervis and Powenski are the biggest difference. South London coach Les Dixon said if his team continues to do both of those well, it has as good a shot as any to win the tournament.
“For us to win we’ve got to have good hitting and pitching and we had that tonight,” Dixon said. “As long as we can get solid hitting and solid pitching, we have a chance to win any time we step on the field.
“We also know that our backs are against the wall though and one more loss can end this whole thing,” he added. “We just have to play well every time out there and move on to the next game.”
• South London 12, Pulaski County 2
South London scored early and often against Pulaski County, jumping out to an 8-0 lead after the first two innings.
Pulaski County trimmed the gap to 8-1 in the top of the third, but a pair of runs in the home half of the inning pushed South London’s lead to 10-1.
Another run in the top of the fourth made the score 10-2, but a two-run double off the bat of Byrd ended things as Kenley Rogers and Powenski came around to score, putting the game out of reach due to the mercy rule at 12-2.
• South London 16, Tri-Cities 5
Monday evening, South London picked up where it left off Sunday as far as offense went.
The team scored in every inning with the highest output coming in the sixth when they plated six runs. Before all was said and done, South London came away with the 16-5 win as they get set to meet the loser of the game between North Laurel and Leslie County on Wednesday.