ESTILL COUNTY — North Laurel’s Payten Gregory threw her second shutout of the season on Saturday, helping lead the Lady Jaguars to a 14-0 win over Estill County.

And the Lady Jaguars only needed five innings to do it.

“We’re right where we need to be at this point,” said North Laurel Coach Doug Gregory. “Estill County has always been good, they’ve always been a challenge for us, so I’m very proud of where we’re at right now.”

The Lady Jaguars added eight runs in the third inning to take an 8-0 lead over Estill County, followed by two more runs in the fourth inning and four in the fifth to secure the win.

The Lady Jaguars tallied 11 hits on Saturday, with Courtney Foley leading the team with three hits and Madison Higgins and Emily Sizemore each contributing two.

“We’ve been waiting on a couple girls’ bats to get going and that happened today,” said Gregory. “Courtney Foley and Madison Higgins, they hit the ball really well. Becca Riley came back to life today. She’s back to hitting the ball like she normally does.”

Gregory said he was impressed with the way his Lady Jaguars adjusted to the two different styles of pitching in Saturday’s game.

“They threw two different pitchers today (Saturday),” he said. “One that threw fairly fast and they tried to switch it up with one that threw fairly slow and that kind of confused us a little but our girls adjusted well.”

Payten Gregory led North Laurel to victory from the circle, as she pitched for five innings. Payten allowed four hits and zero runs, while striking out two. Payten found her second shutout of the season.

The Lady Jaguars will be back in action today, as they travel to Garrard County. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

“Todd Montgomery’s team is always a very good team,” Gregory said. “Kelsi (Moss) is a very accomplished pitcher. She’s going to challenge us at the plate but I think where our bats are at, we made good adjustments today from fast pitching to slow pitching and I think today’s game really helped prepare us for the upcoming game on Monday.”

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