Lady Jackets suffer second loss of regular season

Published 11:39 am Friday, March 29, 2019

Playing their third game in as many days, the Middlesboro Lady Jackets notched their second regular season loss on Thursday. The North Laurel Lady Jags took out the home team Lady Jackets in Middlesboro, 4-2.

“We had a few errors that ended up being the difference in the game,” said Middlesboro coach Petie Gilbert. “We just had some slight fielding errors. We had a hard time fielding a few bunts and things, and it hampered us a little bit.”

The Lady Jackets scored their only two runs of the game in the third inning on a two-run home run by Aubrey Sowders. The Lady Jags tallied three runs in the fifth inning to give themselves the lead at 3-2.

Both sides were quickly retired in the sixth inning. With one last shot to tie or take the lead from the Lady Jags, the Lady Jackets were unable to come up with anymore offense during the game. North Laurel managed another run in the seventh inning to increase their lead to 4-2, securing a victory on the road.

North Laurel had nine hits on 30 at-bats, totaling four runs. In 26 at-bats, the Lady Jackets had three hits, including two singles and a home run. They also accrued nine strikeouts, totaling only two runs for the game.

“It was a hard fought game, and I’m proud of the way we played,” said Gilbert. “We just have to shake it off and move on to the next one.”