By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
WAYNE COUNTY — After battling tooth and nail for seven innings with Wayne County Saturday, the Corbin Redhounds managed to build what looked like a comfortable 9-5 lead in the top of the eighth inning.
But the lead and hopes of winning the game were short-lived with the Cardinals rallying in the bottom of the eighth inning and scored five runs to knock off the Redhounds, 10-9.
Wayne County was also staring at a 5-3 deficit going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but scored two runs to force extra innings.
“We’re trying to figure things out right now,” Corbin coach Rob Ledington said. “Against Clay County, we couldn’t get a hit and against Wayne County, we hit the ball but didn’t play good defense. If we can figure out how to put both together at the same time, things are going to be OK. It’s baseball and it’s different than any other sport. Hopefully we’ll get better from it.”
Redhound pitchers had a tough time slowing down the bats of Wayne County’s Dagan Shelton (3-for-3, two RBIs) and Trey Blevins (3-for-4, two RBIs). The duo combined for six hits and four RBIs in the win, including a two-run double by Shelton and a run-scoring by Blevins in the eighth inning. Ryan Corder also had a run-scoring double in the inning for the Cardinals while Drew Miniard also drove in a run with a hit.
Wayne County collected five of its eight hits during the inning and also took advantage of an error with Corbin (11-8) committing six for the game.
The Redhounds jumped out to a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning thanks to an RBI double by Austin Combs in the first inning and Taylor Combs’ RBI single in the third inning.
The Cardinals tied the game at two apiece in the bottom of the inning before seeing Corbin reclaim a 4-2 edge in the top of the fourth inning behind a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Keaton Burton while Nick Vorbeck scored on a wild pitch.
After seeing Wayne County cut its deficit to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth, Corbin added another run in the top of the fifth inning, pushing its lead back out to two runs (5-3). Jacob Metzger connected with a single to right field, as Taylor Combs scored.
After seeing both teams go silent at the plate in the sixth inning, the Cardinals managed to rally in the seventh inning, scoring two runs to force extra innings.
The Redhounds looked as if they put the game away in the top of the eighth inning, taking advantage of a couple of Wayne County errors while scoring four runs to take a 9-5 edge. Derek Terry delivered the big hit during the inning, a single, which scored TC Collins.
And just when Corbin looked like it had the game locked up, the Cardinals rallied again, scoring five runs to pick up the victory.
Taylor Combs led the way at the plate for the Redhounds with a 3-for-4 effort, which included a double and one RBI. Vorbeck went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Austin Combs went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Redhounds will be back in action today against 50th District rival South Laurel in a key district showdown at South Laurel. Corbin enters the game with a 3-1 record against 50th District foes and must beat South Laurel, who is undefeated in district play at 4-0, today and Tuesday to capture the district’s top seed.
“We’ve got to take it one game at a time,” Ledington said. “If we win (today), then it’s going to be a one-game playoff, but first, we’ve got to take care of the (first) game.”
Redhounds fall in eight innings
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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