Carrying the momentum from last week’s comeback win over Harlan County, the Middlesboro Lady Jacket posted their first ever victory over North Laurel on Friday, shutting out the defending 13th Region champions 3-0.
“As far as I can remember that’s the first time we’ve ever beat North Laurel. I know we haven’t beaten them since they moved into the 13th Region (in 2006),” Middlesboro coach Luster Powers said. “North Laurel is one of the top teams in this region, always has been and probably always will be. That’s a big confidence boost for this group.”
Makayla Partin fired a four-hitter and retired the final ten batters she faced on the way to the complete game victory.
Lauren Spurlock provided all the offense the Lady Jackets would need in the bottom of the first inning. She followed a Laura Durham walk with an RBI double for a 1-0 lead.
Partin worked around a walk to Kayla Huff in the first inning. After the first two Lady Jags struck out in the second, Abbey Proffitt singled, Hunter Deaton was hit by a pitch and Madison Asher walked to load the bases. But Partin got McKenzie Mills to fly out to end the inning.
Huff and Keilin Yantz both singled to start the third but Durham gunned Huff down on the bases. Yantz eventually made her way to third on a wild pitch, but Partin got a pot up in the infield and fielded a comebacker to end that threat.
North (17-10) had one final threat in the fourth. Madison McDaniel reached on an error but was forced out at second on Proffitt’s fielder’s choice grounder. With two down, Asher doubled but the runners were held at second and third. Partin came back with a strike out to end the inning.
She wouldn’t allow another Lady Jag to reach base the rest of the way. Partin finished with four strikeouts and walked two.
“Makayla pitched a heck of a ballgame. She stayed right there, moved the ball inside and out, up and down and they just could not hit her at all,” Powers said. “We played great defense behind her. (Shortstop) Shae Moyers played one of the best games of her life defensively. She’s starting to get her groove back after missing all of last year.”
Middlesboro had at least one base runner in every inning except the second and they finally broke through with a couple of insurance runs in the sixth.
Madison Shields singled and went to second on a Shae Moyers ground out. Carter singled to put runners at the corners and Tiffany Howerton followed with and RBI single. With two out, Morgan Thompson singled to center to score Carter and make it 3-0.
Carter singled twice and scored a run, Durham also had two hits and walked to lead the Lady Jacket offense.
Middlesboro (13-8) hosts Clay County on Thursday.
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|Mikayla Vires and Hunter Deaton; Makayla Partin and Laura Durham. W — Partin. L — Vires.|