By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
SOUTH LAUREL — After Monday’s win over the Whitley County Colonels, South Laurel coach Wynn Harris said Tuesday’s game was even more important because a win would mean his squad could control its own destiny in the district race.
The Cardinals came through in a big way Tuesday, picking up a 10-0 win on the heels of four innings of hitless baseball by starter Austin Vigeant. Quinton Barnett allowed one hit in relief to close things out for South Laurel.
After the win, Harris said he was pleased with his team’s effort and said after improving to 4-0 in district play, the next order of business is to get ready for next week’s series with Corbin.
“We knew this was an important game because we wanted to be in the driver’s seat heading into the last district series against Corbin,” Harris said. “Our kids came out and hit the ball well and played good defense and we were able to get the win.
“I know Corbin has a good team and they’re going to be ready to play next week,” he added. “We have to do what we can to make sure our kids are ready as well.”
Trey Martin led the way at the plate for South Laurel with a double and two RBIs in his 2-for-3 effort. Alex Sears was also 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to an RBI single by Sears, an RBI double by Martin and an error by the Colonels Tilmon Jackson that allowed Daniel Neal to score.
South Laurel banged out six straight hits to start the third inning, which eventually led to a six-run inning to put the Cardinals on top 9-0 heading into the top of the fourth inning.
Neal scored from third on a sac-fly by Martin to put the Cardinals on top 10-0 before sealing the win in the top of the fifth inning.
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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