By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — The Corbin Lady Redhounds responded from a pair of weekend losses Monday, picking up a 13-3 win over 50th District foe Williamsburg on the road.
The win is key for Corbin as it tries to keep pace with South Laurel in the race for the district’s top seed. The two teams will face off this week for the first time this season.
After Monday’s win, Corbin coach Chris Hart said he was pleased with the way his squad came out and hit the ball throughout the lineup, tallying 15 hits in the win.
“It was a good for us to get a win under our belt, and it was a district win, so it’s a little more important,” Hart said. “We lost two games over the weekend, but we played some really good competition and we played well against those teams, so you really can’t get too upset about those losses.
“The girls played well today, but we weren’t on top of our game,” Hart added. “At the same time, you have to give this Williamsburg team credit because they played well today also.”
Corbin was led on the offensive side of things with three-hit efforts from Lindsey Barton (3-for-5) and Hannah Hart (3-for-4), while Kelley Farley, Katie Bernardo and Callie Schoolcraft each collected two hits each. Whitley Gatliff connected for just one hit, but it was a big one as she doubled in three runs in the second inning.
After giving up a run in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Megan Lawson, the Lady Redhounds responded with a seven-run outburst in the second to grab a 7-1 lead.
After loading the bases with nobody out in the inning, Corbin tied the game up on an RBI single off the bat of Amber Allen that brought Gatliff in to score from third. Just when it looked like the Lady Yellow Jackets were out of the woods despite a bases loaded situation, the Lady Redhounds used a two-out rally to take a 7-1 lead by the end of the inning.
Williamsburg trimmed the gap to 7-3 in the bottom of the third on a two-run double by Marah Crusenberry, but the Lady Yellow Jackets couldn’t get any closer than four runs.
Hart’s squad erupted for six runs on five hits, to go along with a pair of Williamsburg errors, to extend its lead to 13-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Lady Yellow Jackets couldn’t mount any kind of offense in their half of the sixth inning and eventually fell, 13-3.
Corbin will have a chance to fine tune things today against Knox Central before traveling to South Laurel Thursday evening. Hart said his team has to be on its game if they expect to compete with the Lady Cardinals.
“After seeing South Laurel play this weekend, I really feel like they are the best team in the 13th Region,” Hart said. “We’re going to really have to be on our ‘A’ game to be able to have a chance at a win.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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