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March 17, 2014

North Laurel scores eight unanswered runs during comeback win

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Staff Writer

NORTH LAUREL — The North Laurel Jaguars opened their season in fine fashion by scoring eight unanswered runs during their 8-7 win over Rockcastle County Saturday.

The defending 13th Region champions fell behind 7-0 during the first three innings before rallying back to win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“This was a huge win for us,” North Laurel coach Darren McWhorter said. “We could have went on home an hour ago and quit after falling behind seven runs, but our guys showed there isn’t any quit in them and they fought back.

“To do this in the first game is really big,” he added. “I didn’t know what to expect after we fell behind. We never quit and continued to play hard. I’m really pleased with our effort and how we fought back to get a win.”

After falling behind 7-0, North Laurel started to chip away at Rockcastle County’s lead thanks to some timely hitting, including three hits by Logan Mallory.

“Rockcastle County has a nice little team,” McWhorter said. “You’ve give them something to hit, they’re going to smack it pretty good. They scored those runs in the second inning, and we just came unglued. Our pitcher didn’t have it, and they were hitting bloops here and there, and we made some errors.

“They hit it hard, but I’m just so happy with the way our guys fought back,” he added. “Logan Mallory was the one that gave up the seven runs, but he had three crucial hits.”

And Mallory also had the biggest sacrafice fly of the game, which turned out to be the game-winning RBI.

After seeing Zach Hurley and Austin Thompson reach base, Mallory hit a deep fly ball to left centerfield that was caught, but Hurley tagged from second base, and beat the throw home, and scored, giving his team the one-run win.

“I knew Zach could run pretty good and you gotta take chances and make teams make plays,” McWhorter said. “I was going to make them have to make two good throws, and get us out, but fortunately he was able to score.

“I was sending him from the get-go,” he added. “He was fortunate to beat the throw home, and slide in there safe. This was just a big win for us. To come back from a 7-0 deficit was big. It could have easily been a five-hour game. This showed the character of the kids. They took a big bite of humble pie there early, but fought back and I’m proud of them. We did a good job today of figuring things out and getting the win.”

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