The North Laurel Jaguars came back late to defeat George Rogers Clark on Saturday, 5-4.
The Jaguars were down by two in the top of the sixth inning and knew what they needed to do to put the game away.
North Laurel Assistant Coach Ethan Eversole said that a timely bunt by Hunter Nantz helped to put runners on bases, followed by a double by Will Hellard that got two runners in to tie the game up at four a piece.
A single by Alex Binder allowed the Jaguars to add their final run and take the lead, 5-4.
Eversole said the biggest difference he saw from his Jaguars on Saturday was they weren’t just handing runs to the other team.
“We’ve had the worst time in the past many games that we’ve lost where we’ve just given the other team base runners and we’ve given them runs,” he said. “We had one walk today.”
Eli Sizemore started out pitching for the Jaguars. Sizemore pitched for five and a third innings, allowed nine hits and four runs, while striking out five and walking one.
Binder came in the game in relief out of the bullpen and shut down the game. He pitched for one and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit and zero runs, while striking out two.
“We were ready and came out,” Eversole said. “We threw strikes, we didn’t give them anything and we competed.”
The Jaguars racked up eight hits, with Binder, Caden Harbin and Blake Vanhook each adding two hits. North Laurel didn’t commit a single error in the field on Saturday.
The Jaguars will be traveling to Knox Central today, with game time slated for 5:30 p.m.
Eversole is hoping to see a different attitude from his Jaguars in today’s game, as the Jaguars were handed a 12-2 loss by Knox Central on Thursday.
“We want to go show that we can compete with them because there’s no reason that we can’t,” Eversole said. “If we just go down there and put a complete game together, our pitchers don’t walk anybody and we come through with some timely hits, get some runs across and hold them in the mound, I think we’ll be fine.”