By Chris Parsons, Staff Writer
BARBOURVILLE — The Barbourville Lady Tigers (5-18) came into Thursday’s 51st District Tournament semifinal game against Pineville having beaten the Lady Mountain Lions twice this season by scores of 12-8 and 14-3.
As it turned out, the third time was the charm for Pineville (7-12) as they pulled off the 7-4 win to eliminate the Lady Tigers from championship contention and end their season altogether.
Barbourville found itself in a hole early in the game when the Lady Mountain Lions scored five runs in the first inning. Brandon Simpson’s squad mounted a semi-rally in the bottom of the seventh, but trimming the gap by a run, left runners stranded on second and third base.
After the loss, Simpson said the game was indicative of the way his team’s season went, having not been able to come through with timely hits when they needed to. The fact the game was delayed Wednesday and resumed Thursday afternoon may not have helped matters for his team either.
“We had a rough start that first inning and when we resumed play, we had already given up two runs,” he said. “When we picked up today, they had runners on second and third with no outs, so that’s tough mentally to overcome.
“We were just never able to string together enough hits to make a dent and that was the difference,” he added. “We made some noise late in the game, but we struggled this season with getting big hits when we needed them and we did the same thing in this game.”
Pineville’s lead didn’t stay at five runs for long as Brooke Bolinger and Amber Mills both singled and eventually came around to score in the Lady Tigers’ half of the first inning to cut the deficit to 5-2.
Pineville added a run in the third to push its lead to 6-2, but Madison Hicks singled and scored on an RBI by Bobbi Jo Rudd to trim the gap to 6-3 after four innings.
Pineville plated another run in the sixth inning to make the score 7-3 and the score stayed there until the bottom of the seventh when Barbourville scored once, but left runners on base to end the game.
Barbourville's season comes to an end after 7-4 loss to Pineville in District Semifinals
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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