LONDON – After nearly a three-hour waiting period due to an umpire no show, the Tiger softball team decimated 49thdistrict rival North Laurel 7-1. “No umps, no problem,” said Shelby Phillips. Her statement proved to be true, as Clay would explode for five runs in the second inning to put away the Jaguars.
The late start didn’t seem to hinder the Tigers, as the bats were hot from the outset. Clay would gain the early 1-0 advantage on a Brianda Owens RBI groundout, scoring Emma Hurd who walked to lead-off. Shelby Phillips would push a beautiful bunt down to set up Hurd in scoring position.
North Laurel would respond with a run of their own to tie things 1-1, as a 2-out passed ball would get by Clay catcher Tori North to spot the Jags with their lone run in the contest. That would be the lone Clay mishap in the game, as the Tigers would play flawlessly from there on.
Kimberlyn Mills would single to begin the 2ndinning onslaught. Hailey Napier and Tori North would both smash singles to load the bases, setting up a 2-run RBI from Emma Hurd, as she smacked a double down the left field line.
With the Tigers up 3-1, they showed no signs of slowing down. Shelby Phillips would push across two more runs on a single to shortstop, as Tori North and Hurd would reach home plate. Maddie Frazier would bring Phillips home on a deep fly ball, 6-1 Tigers. Clay would score their 7thand final run in the 4thinning as Brianda Owens singled to score Hurd from 3rdbase.
Owens would toss yet another gem, as she threw a complete game effort. Owens allowed only two hits, 1 run, and recorded seven strikeouts. She has put together what many consider not only one of the best season’s in 13thregion history, but maybe the state. This team is simply steamrolling its opponents when she’s on the mound.
Batting – Emma Hurd (1-3) 2 RBI; Shelby Phillips (2-3) 2 RBI; Maddie Frazier (2-4) 1 RBI; Brianda Owens (1-4); Allie Phillips (1-4); Kimberlyn Mills (2-4); Hailey Napier (1-4); Tori North (1-4). Pitching – Brianda Owens (W) 7.0 IP, 2 hits, 7 K’s.