TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
NORTH LAUREL — The defending 13th Region champion South Laurel Lady Cardinals might be young in certain positions, but they still have experience in key positions as well.
It showed Saturday during the Lady Cardinals’ 2-0 win over Lexington Catholic, as senior pitcher Hagan Burns tossed seven scoreless innings while allowing only one hit and striking out 11 batters during the two-run win.
“Hagan pitched well,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “She gave up one hit — she was on.
“We left too many base runners,” he added. “We had our chances.”
South Laurel also received a solid performance by senior Nell Murray, who led the way with two hits, including a double.
Kaylyn Perkins also had two hits in the win while eighth grader Makenzie Powenski collected the other hit for the Lady Cardinals.
“It’s hard when you got so many young kids,” Burns said about his team leaving the bases loaded on two different occasions during the game’s final three innings. “They are playing up, but not (used) to this level. They are learning.
“Defensively we played a good game, take out the two errors,” he added. “We fought through it and that wins ball games.”
South Laurel took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Murray led the inning off with a double and scored on a wild pitch.
The Lady Cardinals added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Powenski led off with a single and scored on a ground out by Kaylee Norvell.
After the game, Burns was happy with the win, and confident with what the future holds for his team.
“We’re gonna get better later on,” he said.
South Laurel will be back in action Monday at home against Middlesboro before hitting the road to face Pulaski County Tuesday.