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Pitching carries Jaguars to state tournament

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - The North Laurel Jaguars are 13th Region champions for just the second time in school history, but they are making their first ever trip to the state baseball tournament.

The Jaguars stormed through the regional tournament allowing only three runs in three games, and head coach Darren McWhorter says it's the pitching that has carried them late in the season.

"We're just playing well. We're getting good pitching from a number of guys," says McWhorter. "(Marcus Carson) never threw an inning in the reigonal tournament. We used him kind of in the closer's role and never did have to use him. And when you've got a kid throwing a game like Zach Hurley, throwinfg a one-hitter, telling you 'Dont' take me out,' you stick with him and don't take him out. He was throwing harder in the seventh inning than he was in the first inning."

The Jaguars will open state tournament play on Monday in the first round against 15th Region champion, the Prestonsburg Blackcats. This is Prestonsburg's first appearance in the state tournament since 1948 and North Laurel's first ever appearance in the state baseball tournament. First pitch at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington is scheduled for Monday afternoon at 1:30pm.

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