By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
SOUTH LAUREL — The South Laurel Lady Cardinals dug themselves a 4-0 hole on Senior Night before rallying to tie the game at four apiece in the bottom of the sixth inning.
But just when it looked as if South Laurel (26-7) had Garrard County on the ropes, the Lady Lions’ Rachyl Lyons connected with a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to give her team a 6-4 win over the Lady Cardinals.
“Senior Night is awful (as far as being distracted and not ready to play),” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “They are thinking about anything except the ball game. But that’s part of it.
“We’ve got to refocus,” he said. “It’s the same thing as always — we leave too many base runners (on base). We get them on, and then can’t get any hits. The thing tonight is that we swing at bad pitches.”
The Lady Cardinals had an excellent chance to jump on Garrard County in the first inning, but stranded runners on second and third, allowing the Lady Lions to take advantage.
Garrard County put together a two-run, two-out rally in the top of the second inning to take a 2-0 edge, and followed that with a run in the third inning and another in the fifth inning, extending its lead to 4-0.
“We were in the game, and I thought we would come back,” Burns said.
South Laurel did just that, scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Brittany Vandeventer, but the Lady Cardinals did most of their damage in the sixth inning after Makenzie Powenksi reached base with a double while Nell Murray and Leslie Dixon each reached base with singles, loading the bases for Destiney Salva, who came through with a three-run hit to tie the game at 4-4.
The rally was short-lived, though, as Garrard’s Lyons’ two-run home run wrapped up the win for the Lady Lions. The loss is South Laurel’s third in its past five games.
“I told the girls, it’s their team, what happened before this doesn’t matter, it’s their team from here on out,” Burns said. “It’s like writing a book, they control the ending. How’s it going to end? They’re either going to learn from it and get better, or not.”
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