Cawood had built a lead with a four-run third inning.
Phillip Maggard opened the inning with a double to right field, and Billy Turner was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced with a sacrifice bunt by Blake Turner. Will Colinger was hit by a Ryan Sams pitch to load the bases. Sam Jenkins followed with a two-run double to center to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Cory Estep singled to drive in Colinger and an error by the right fielder on the play allowed Jenkins to cross the plate with the go-ahead run.
“I've been waiting for that for three years, to bounce back after we allowed three runs in the first inning,” said Cawood coach John Lewis. “It showed some life for our boys to bounce back.”
With one out in the fifth inning, Ryan Howell doubled to left field and Maggard hit his first career home run to left as the Jaguars took a 5-4 advantage.
Howell walked with one out in the seventh inning and scored on a ground out by Sams.
Sams (1-0) pitched a complete game for North Laurel (2-0). He allowed six hits and struck out 12, walking one and hitting two batters.
“We thought coming into the season we had three or four pitchers that we were going to rely on, and so far, two of them have stepped up and threw two good games,” said North Laurel coach Darren McWhorter.
The Jaguars opened the season with a 5-1 win at Whitley County on Monday.
“I thought (Mikey Hensley) threw a good game,” said McWhorter. “We got on him there early, and he settled down and did a good job out there.”
Maggard led the Jaguars with a home run and single. Howell followed with a double and single. Shawn Boroviak doubled and Sams added a single.
North Laurel scored three runs in the first inning on a pair of Cawood errors. Howell, Sams and Boroviak each had hits in the inning.
“I'm pretty pleased with the way our guys came out and played,” added McWhorter.
Blake Turner and Estep paced the Trojans with two singles each. Jenkins and Maggard each doubled.
“We swung at too many bad pitches, but it's March and it's early,” said Lewis. “I'm ticked to death with our effort.”
Hensley (0-1), a junior right-hander, went the distance for Cawood. He recorded 11 strikeouts and walked four while allowing six hits.
“Mikey threw a great ballgame,” said Lewis. “His location was great. From last year, his location has came a long way. He's just turned into a man on the mound.”
Cawood (0-1) will host an invitational tournament on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. with Red Bird facing Williamsburg. The Trojans take on Red Bird at noon, followed by Williamsburg and Oneida Baptist at 2 p.m. Williamsburg plays Cawood at 4, and the Trojans will entertain Oneida Baptist at 6.
North Laurel 300 020 1 - 6 6 3
Cawood 004 000 0 - 4 6 4
Sams and Hicks; Hensley and Estep. W-Sams (1-0). L-Hensley (0-1). HR-North Laurel, Maggard (1).
Claiborne (Tenn.) 6
The Harlan Green Dragons are enjoying their time in the Tri-State Invitational at Thomas Walker, Va.
Harlan needed nine innings to win its second straight game, tacking on three runs in the ninth to knock off Claiborne.
“We very easily could've caved in under the pressure of playing in a game like this,” Harlan coach David Evans said. “I was really proud of the way we played tonight.”
Chase Jones (1-0) picked up the win for the Dragons, pitching four no-hit innings in relief. The sophomore fanned six, walked two and hit a batter.
Jon Graham started the game for the Dragons, surrendering six runs on six hits in five innings. Graham struck out nine and walked two.
Brent Vannatter and J.D. Heck each doubled and singled for the Dragons, and Jones singled twice. Derek Sheffield and Thomas Farrow added a single apiece.
Justin Johnson homered and doubled to lead Claiborne.
Harlan (2-0) returns to action at the tournament today against Washburn, Tenn. The game is slated for 5:30 p.m.
The Dragons won their first game in the tournament Monday, slipping past Appalachia (Va.) 8-6.
Harlan scored four runs in the fifth inning to take an 8-4 lead. Appalachia added two runs in the seventh to set the final margin.
Senior Brent Vannatter went the distance on the mound for the Dragons, striking out 12 and walking two while surrendering eight hits.
“I was proud of Brent,” Evans said. “He threw the ball well the entire game.”
Farrow led the Dragons at the plate with a pair of singles. Graham, Josh Johnson, Jones and Zach Hornsby each singled.
Harlan 013 110 003 - 9 8 5
Claiborne 013 020 000 - 6 6 5
Graham, C. Jones (6) and Ditty; Eller, Johnson (4), Lewis (6) and Poole. W-C. Jones (1-0). L-Lewis. HR-Claiborne, Johnson.
Appalachia 021 100 2 - 6 8 4
Harlan 210 140 0 - 8 6 6
Iveson and Mabe; Vannatter and C. Jones. W-Vannatter (1-0). L-Iveson.
Johnson Central 12
Sophomore Jonathan Fields earned both the win and the save as the Redskins held on to beat the host Golden Eagles in a dogfight.
The Skins exploded for seven runs in the first inning and led 11-4 after three frames. But Johnson Central chipped away, cutting Cumberland's lead to two runs before the Skins added one in each of the final two innings. The Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to set the final margin.
Fields (1-0) pitched the first four innings before junior Chris Vicini came on in relief. Fields returned with one out in the seventh inning and ended the Eagles' comeback bid. The sophomore right-hander fanned two and walked six.
Zach Blanton led the Skins at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three singles. Brad Creech singled twice and drove in a pair of runs. Fields doubled and drove in two, and Adam Boggs had a single and two RBI. Philip Gilliam and Cody Hall also singled.
Cumberland (2-0) returns to action Friday against Depere, Wisc., at North Laurel. The game is slated to start at noon.
Cumberland 713 001 1 - 13 9 3
Johnson Central 301 231 2 - 12 9 3
Fields, Vicini (5), Fields (7) and Boggs; Plummer, Conley (2), Haney (2) and Sturgill. W-Fields (1-0). L-Plummer. Sv-Fields (1).