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Kentucky beats Ohio

March 29, 2011
By Jaguar Fan of North Laurel High School

The North Laurel Lady Jaguars are not backing down from anyone and they proved that again with an impressive 4-1 victory over Preble Shawnee, Ohio.

"We hit the ball well against a good team and a good pitcher," North Laurel coach Shane Weaver said. "She did a nice job of mixing things up. It was really good to see that going into this week."

It took a solid pitching effort by Megan Baldwin and a big offensive third inning to pull off the victory.

Vanessa Smith led off the bottom of the third inning with a double off the center field fence and Sidney Herrell followed with a single.

Haley Herrell hit an RBI single to tie the game at 1 apiece and Gloriann Cordero followed with an RBI single.

Kelsi Smith added an RBI single for the 3-1 Lady Jaguar advantage and Kristin Fields rounded out the scoring with an RBI single for the 4-1 lead.

"When your number nine (Vanessa Smith) hitter can hit the ball off the fence it's a big momentum starter," Weaver said. "That's been our strength for the past couple of years, we've been stronger at the bottom of the lineup and that takes pressure off the top of the lineup."

Three of the Lady Jaguars' nine hits came at the bottom of the order, but the Herrell sisters both went 2-4 at the top two spots.

"The hitting was pretty much spread out," Weaver said. "Our two at the top of the order had a good day. I'll take nine hits and four runs against a quality team any day."

Baldwin gave up five hits and walked one batter, but also finished with five strikeouts on the night.

"We missed several pitches early," Weaver said. "She got in a nice rhythm later and seemed like she was getting warm. She had excellent command. She gave me four options to use the rest of the way."

The Lady Jaguars are preparing for Spring Break as they plan on playing a top 10 nationally ranked team, Jacksonville Boles.

"We want to play against the best competition that we can," Weaver said. "We don't want to go over there and play sloppy teams."


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