CORBIN — The North Laurel 11-12 year-old All-Stars used a four-run sixth inning to wrap up their 12-4 opening round win over the Pulaski County 11-12 year-old All-Stars during Tuesday’s District 4 Tournament.
Dusty Allen’s squad never trailed in the game, thanks to scoring three runs in the first inning.
North Laurel led 4-2 after the second inning, and 8-4 after the third inning before putting the game away in the final inning of play.
“We started off well hitting the baseball,” Allen said. “The guys fell into a lull midway through the game. Through the most part, we threw pretty OK. Any time you can get a win, it’s good.”
Allen took advantage of his team’s deep pitching staff and rolled out six hurlers during the eight-run victory.
EJ Allen, Ashton Clemons, Brody Rice, Carter Kelley, Caynan Sizemore and Benjamin Baker each pitched during the game and combined to strike out 13 batters while allowing only three hits.
Sizemore struck out the four batters he faced while Baker struck out the side in his only inning of work.
“We did that to keep everyone under 20 pitches, so we were able to keep everyone available,” Allen said of his decision to use six pitchers. “Managing our pitch count is going to be the trickiest thing if we are going to make a run at it.”
North Laurel’s bats came alive against Pulaski County. Allen’s squad connected with 15 hits, which included five doubles and one triple.
Rice had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and one run scored.
Kelley collected three hits while driving in a run and scoring twice. Allen and Baker each connected with two hits while finishing with two runs and two RBI apiece.
Sizemore finished with two hits, two RBI and one run scored while Eli Holt had a hit and finished with one RBI and two runs scored. Cameron Smith finished with one hit, one RBI and one run scored.
North Laurel will be scheduled back in action today at 6 p.m. against Clay County, who dropped a 19-0 decision to Hazard-Perry on Monday.