CORBIN — The North Laurel 11-12 year-old All Stars wasted little time in taking care of business during second round action of the District 4 Tournament’s loser’s bracket.
North Laurel scored 12 runs in the first inning against Clay County, and never looked back during its 25-1 rout.
Coach Dusty Allen’s squad was scheduled to be back in action Thursday against Pineville Bell, who defeated Middlesboro, 13-5, but inclement weather forced the game to be played today at 7 p.m.
“We jumped out on them early,” Allen said. “We hit the ball pretty hard and really tonight, we were disciplined. If they weren’t throwing strikes, we weren’t swinging at it. It got out of hand pretty quickly.
“I feel better after tonight,” he added. “I wasn’t pleased with last night’s effort. I thought we were more focused. We were very crisp and very sharp. I feel like we are on the their path. Third of the way of our goal.”
North Laurel delivered 14 hits in the win over Clay County while taking advantage of six errors.
Benjamin Baker turned in a 3-for-3 effort at the plate while driving in a run and scoring three times. Eli Holt was 3-for-3 with two RBI and four runs scored while Carter Kelley drove in a team-high six runs while finishing with two hits and three runs scored. Cameron Smith finished with two hits, three RBI and three runs scored while Ashton Clemons was 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored. Brody Rice delivered two hits, two runs scored and two RBI.
The 24-run victory also allowed Allen to continue to save his pitching.
After using six pitchers for an inning apiece on Tuesday, Allen used three in three innings on Wednesday.
Holt, Cooper Robinson and Smith each pitched an inning while combining for seven strikeouts.
“From the mound side, we were able to use three pitchers in three innings,” Allen said. We have now played nine innings and have used nine pitchers so far in this tournament.
“Building big leads, and being able to do our pitching the way we have been doing, gives us the opportunity to make a run. Six wins in six days is a hard feat.”