Kelsey Dezarn's walk-off homer secures South Laurel doubleheader sweep

Karly Gray pitched the Lady Cardinals to an 8-0 win over Lincoln County Saturday. She allowed only four hits and struck out four batters. South Laurel won the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Lady Patriots in dramatic fashion by pulling out a 9-8 victory. | Photo by Darrin Spencer

LONDON — South Laurel managed to sweep a doubleheader in fine fashion on Saturday against Lincoln County.

The Lady Cardinals were able to even their record at 7-7 after defeating the Lady Patriots, 8-0 and 9-8, respectively.

After winning the first game with ease, South Laurel rallied from a six-run deficit in the second contest as Kelsey Dezarn’s walk-off two-run home run allowed the Lady Cardinals to record the one-run win.

“We were able to rally, which was big,” South Laurel coach Carly Mink said. “We had some big hits in the sixth and seventh innings and then Kelsey was able to hit the home run. I’m super proud of her.

“I’ve said it before, these girls are fighters,” she added “We got down, but we kept fighting. It came down to the last inning, and I felt good about our chances with who we had coming up. Kenzie Jervis, Chloe Taylor and Makayla Blair each had big hits and Kelsey was able to hit a l home run.”

South Laurel will now look to move one step closer to the 50th District’s top seed with a road game at rival Corbin Tuesday.

The Lady Cardinals are currently 2-0 against 50th District opposition.

“It’s an important week,” Mink said. “Both of the wins we got today helped boost our confidence — now we are focused on Corbin.

“It’s always been a good matchup and we look forward to it,” she added. “It’s tough to play down there, but I like our chances. We’ve got to continue to give an entire team effort and continue to fight each night.”

Game One

South Laurel 8, Lincoln County 0

Karly Gray continued to dominate in the pitcher’s circle by recording her third shutout in four games while limiting Lincoln County to only four hits during the Lady Cardinals’ 8-0 win over the Lady Patriots.

Gray also finished with four strikeouts while going 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI at the plate.

Kenzie Jervis went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored while Chloe Taylor went 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI. Makayla Blair finished with a hit, a run scored and two RBI. Katie Jervis collected a hit, an RBI and two runs scored and Michaela Sullivan had a hit and an RBI.

Game Two

South Laurel 9, Lincoln County 8

The Lady Cardinals were staring at an 8-2 deficit before rallying to score seven runs during the final two innings to pick up one of their biggest wins of the season by defeating Lincoln County, 9-8.

South Laurel scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut its deficit to 8-5, but the best was yet to come.

Kenzie Jervis led the bottom of the seventh off with a double while Chloe Taylor doubled, putting runners on second and third. Makayla Blair followed with a two-run double to make the score 8-7 before Kesley Dezarn blasted a two-run home run over the fence to give South Laurel the one-run win.

Dezarn’s two-run homer capped off a three-hit, three RBI game while Blair had two hits and two RBI. Both Taylor and Jervis each delivered two hits.

Eighth-grader Lacy Ratliff got the win in the pitcher’s circle after tossing one and 1/3 of scoreless innings. She allowed only one hit and struck out one batter.

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