By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer
The North Laurel Minor League All-Stars were not satisfied after finishing as runner-up in the district last season, but this year they took home the district title and are preparing for a trip to the state tournament in Winchester on Saturday.
“After being runner-up last year in the district, they were excited to win it this year and have a chance to play in the state tournament,” North Laurel coach Recil Jones said. “They are really excited to go to Winchester.”
Jones knows if his team has a chance to make a good showing in the state tournament they will have to step up and hit the ball a little better than they did in the district.
“Our bats have came around,” he said. “We have focused a lot on our hitting and our technique. Hopefully it will pay off in the state tournament.”
When it comes to pitching, North Laurel has plenty of options with five kids that can hold their own in the circle. Jones feels having Peyton Gregory, Abbie Lay, Brianna Houston, Isabella Gray and Macy McDaniel gives his team an advantage.
“It’s a bonus for us to have that many pitchers,” Jones said. “Abbie has done an excellent job at the number two spot. She has given us some quality innings. Peyton did a great job in the district for us.”
Houston and Lay have stepped up at the plate and led the North Laurel All-Stars. Both players have been able to put the ball in play and turned in solid performances during the district tournament.
“Brianna and Abbie have hit the ball very well,” Jones said. “Maddie Dagley and Taylor Jones also had some key hits. Our bats have came around and our defense was solid throughout the tournament. So we feel pretty good about our chances to compete and represent our district during the state tournament.”
By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer
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