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April 18, 2014

South Laurel picks up 9-4 win over Panthers

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Staff Writer

SOUTH LAUREL — South Laurel’s Braden Miller came through in a big way during the Cardinals’ 9-4 win over Knox Central Thursday.

Not only did he pick up the win on the mound while tossing six scoreless innings before seeing the Panthers try to rally in the seventh inning, but his grand slam in the bottom of the third inning capped off a six-run rally, allowing South Laurel to cruise and improve to 14-2 on the season.

“I thought Braden Miller threw a tremendous game for us out there tonight,” South Laurel coach Wynn Harris said. “He got in a little bit of a jam in the seventh, but he got back on track, and was able to finish the game.

“I thought our defense played great tonight, and we were able to hit the ball well,” he added. “Braden was able to put together a good swing, and hit the home run that allowed us to build a big lead. That was really big for us.”

For Knox Central coach Brandon Hillard, he doesn’t like to see his team lose, but he liked the way his panthers never gave up.

“Hey, you never want to get a zero and get run-ruled, and that could have happened int he sixth inning,” he said. “But we were able to bounce back, and keep them from scoring, and put up some runs in the seventh inning. The big thing is that we didn’t quit.

“You just can’t give away some free baseball and we did that early,” he added. “You can’t do that against a good ball team. We’re getting better. Our pitching and defense has been there all year. Drew Mills just didn’t have his best stuff out there tonight, but he’ll come back, and come through for us the next time he pitches.”

Harris said he’s happy with where his team is at at the mid-way point of the season.

“We’ve got room for improvement,” he admitted. “But we are playing some very good baseball right now. We’ve got good leadership, and we have had really good pitching and defensive play.

“Getting a win like this continues our momentum, and we just need to continue to improve.”

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