By John Stepp for The Times Tribune
Any time a team can hit three homeruns in high school softball, they are probably going to win. That is exactly what happened when the North Lady Jaguars defeated the Corbin Lady Redhounds, 7-1, in13th Region action on Thursday.
Kailin Yantz powered North Laurel with two homeruns on the night and Natasha Colwell finished with one for the tremendous offensive attack for the Lady Jaguars.
"Clearly we got beat by the better team tonight. They hit the ball well and I felt like we made some mental errors that would have kept us in the game," said Corbin coach Chris Hart. "The three homeruns were crucial in the game. We missed on some pitches and they took advantage of them."
It was all defense in the first three innings until Yantz hit a solo shot to give North Laurel a 1-0 lead. Mikayla Vires tripled at the next at bat and scored on a throwing error to push the lead to 2-0 heading into the fifth.
After holding Corbin scoreless in the top of the inning, North Laurel went on to add four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Shani Collins reached base on a double and later scored on a fielder's choice to make the score 3-0. Yantz then hit her second homer, this time bringing home three runs to make the score 6-0 in favor of the Lady Jaguars.
North Laurel would add their final run of the night in the bottom of the sixth on Colwell's solo homerun.
"We hit the ball well tonight. We have a hitting philosophy and the girls have bought into it," said North Laurel coach Kyle Mink. "We hope that what we do in practice will translate over into the game and that happened for us tonight."
Corbin scored their only run of the game in the top of the seventh inning, as Callie Schoolcraft crossed home off of a ground ball from Sydney Reynolds.
In addition to their offensive production, the Lady Jaguars also had a nice showing from Vires on the mound. The sophomore pitched a complete game, giving up five hits, while striking out three and allowing just one run.
"Mikayla (Vires) was pretty effective for us tonight. She had good control and her off speed stuff was working well," said Mink. "Our girls came ready to play tonight. They wanted to show that they were going to be in the competition at the end of the year."
With the win, the Lady Jaguars improve to 3-0 on the season, while Corbin drops to 1-1 on the year.
Three home runs power North Laurel past Corbin
By John Stepp for The Times Tribune
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