After dropping a 9-0 decision to Hazard/Perry during the finals of the winner's bracket on Saturday, the North Laurel 9-10 year-old All-Stars responded in a big way less than 24 hours later, upending Clay County in fine fashion with a 6-1 victory.
The win advances Chris Edwards' squad to today's title game at 7 p.m. against Hazard/Perry. If North Laurel wins today, the two teams will face-off in a winner takes all contest on Tuesday.
“This was a good bounce-back win for us,” Edwards said. “Our kids came in with a good attitude, and really played a good game. We had fantastic pitching today, and we played good defense. I don't believe we made an error.”
When asked if he likes his team’s chances of pulling the District 4 title off with back-to-back wins against Hazard/Perry, Edwards seemed confident.
“Sure, I like our chances,” he said. “They’ve got to beat us. That’s the way I'm looking at it.
“Don't get me wrong, they are a good team,” he added. “I thought we played an all-around game today. Good pitching and good defense wins games.”
Winner's bracket final
Hazard/Perry 9, North Laurel 0
Hazard/Perry hit three home runs in the game en route to a 9-0 blanking of North Laurel.
Edwards squad fell behind 5-0 in the bottom of the first inning, and couldn't get back in the game, leaving six runners on base.
Hazard/Perry added another run in the bottom of the third inning, thanks to a solo shot, and put the game away with another home run in the fourth inning while scoring two more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
North Laurel finished the game with three hits, as Chase Keen accounted for two of those while Kyler Elza also had a single.