By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN — The South Laurel Cardinals came into Monday’s game with one goal in mind and head coach Wynn Harris wasn’t about to let his team forget about it.
After picking up a 10-0 win over the Yellow Jackets, Harris and his Cardinals will move on to face Corbin in the finals.
“This is the only game we’ve been thinking about since the district seeding has been finalized and it was this one right here,” Harris said. “Our guys knew that to be able to move on, we had to get past Williamsburg and you guard against a letdown of any kind and we did that tonight.”
South Laurel was able to grab a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Trent Abner walked to leadoff the game and eventually came around to score on an RBI single from Alex Sears.
The Cardinals scored two more in the second inning to push the gap to 3-0 and exploded for five more in the third to extend the gap to 8-0 after three innings.
Two more runs in the fourth inning pushed the Cardinals’ lead to 10-0, putting Williamsburg in danger of a mercy-rule ending if they couldn’t score in the top of the fifth.
South Laurel pitcher Quinton Barnett set Williamsburg down in order in the fifth inning, sealing the 10-0 win for the Cardinals.
Williamsburg head coach John Mountjoy said after the game he was proud of the team for the effort throughout the season, despite the heavy dose of adversity his team had to deal with.
“We had a lot of things that seemed to get in the way of baseball this season,” Mountjoy said. “Everything from rain, to players leaving and injuries, we had to deal with things.
“Our kids never quit on us and they battled right down to the last out, and that’s something to be proud of,” he added. “We were able to get some young kids quite a bit of experience and I think that’s just going to pay dividends in the future for us.”
South Laurel will play Corbin in the 50th District Championship game tonight at 6:30 p.m.