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April 15, 2014

Cruise Control

Lady Cards cruise past Whitley County, 15-0

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Staff Writer

SOUTH LAUREL — South Laurel pitcher Hagan Burns brought her ‘A’ game to the mound during the Lady Cardinals’ 15-0 win over Whitley County Monday.

Burns struck out the first nine batters she faced, and allowed only one hit before being pulled in the fourth inning, as she improved to 15-2 on the season.

“Hagan has been pitching lights out,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “I was going to take her out after her ninth straight strikeout, but my assistant coaches talked me in to keeping her in, and they got that hit, so I knew it was time to pull her.”

Burns said the thought of not overusing his daughter on the mound had went through his mind numerous times throughout the season.

“Probably too much,” he admitted. “It gets in my head a lot because we need to save her as much as we can. You don’t want to gas her, but then again, I believe she’d be OK.”

Burns was on top of her game throughout the three innings against the outmatched Whitley County squad while Destiney Salva came in relief and set the Lady Colonels down in order during the fourth and fifth innings.

“We played well at times,” Burns said. “We just had to get adjusted to the pitching. Once we did that, we hit the ball well.”

The Lady Cardinals (16-2 overall, 3-0 against 50th District competition) scored a run in the first inning thanks to an error while taking control of the game in the second inning by plating seven runs while sending 10 batters to the plate.

Salva delivered a double during the inning while Haley Shelby and Brittany Vandeventer each connected with singles.

Makenzie Powenski delivered the big hit, a two-run single while Leslie Dixon and Madyson Morris also drove in runs.

South Laurel’s lead grew to 11-0 in the third inning, as Morris, Vandeventer and Burns each drove in runs. The Lady Cardinals put the game away with four more runs in the fourth inning.

Morris drove in a run while Dixon connected with a two-run single during the inning.

“It was a good win for us,” Burns said. “We did what we needed to do to win.”

South Laurel will be back in action today at home against Madison Southern, and will travel to play Corbin in a 50th District showdown Thursday.

“Madison Southern has a very good team,” Burns said. “It’s going to be tough, but the big game is Thursday. Thursday’s game is the one that matters. Whoever wins will be in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 seed.”


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