TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

August 1, 2013

These are exciting times for everyone involved with Knox County All-Stars


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — If you’re a Knox County 11-12-year-old All-Star fan, these are exciting times for you.

Yep, your Knox County All-Stars are one step closer to reaching the ultimate goal that every Little League team dreams of — reaching the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Knox County is making some noise across the state with its impressive run, and deservingly so. Scott Payne’s squad is 10-1 during All-Star play this summer, which includes winning its respective Area and District titles along with the state championship.

But now the question is — can they bring home the Great Lakes Regional Tournament championship?

I’m sure everyone is wondering the same thing and I say, why not?

Like I said, these are exciting times right now and opportunities like this don’t come around very often.

This is a very special group of kids whohave put in hard work for many years to get to this point and guess what, they have almost reached their destination.

When I look at this team, I see a team that doesn’t have a weak spot.

They have a talented pitching staff in Mitchel Buchanan, Cole Hicks, Tucker Holland, Thomas Jackson, Bailey Lundy, Payton Payne and Caleb Powers, not to mention a solid defense, too. Jackson has been impressive pitching, going 3-0 while striking out 17 batters in 35 innings of work.

Hitting-wise, Knox County is just as solid.

Holland leads the way at the plate, while Payne, Powers, Jalen Adams and lundy have been solid as well hitting the ball.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is this is a special team that everyone in the Tri-County should get behind and support. Knox County will be the Kentucky representative in the 2013 Great Lakes Regional Tournament and will open play Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Indiana state champion (Hagerstown) at 7 p.m.

If you have ESPN3, you can also watch the game on it. The state champion of Illinois (to be determined) will face-off against Knox County at 1 p.m. Sunday, which will be live on ESPN3 and Knox County will be back in action again Monday against Michigan’s Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores at 11 a.m., which can be seen on ESPN3, and Knox County’s final game before tournament play will be Tuesday against Wisconsin’s Burlington.

There are six teams participating in the Great Lakes Region and the top four teams with the best record will advance to the semifinal round.

If you want tiebreaker information on the tournament, well here it is, according to the Great Lakes Region Little League Tournament Historical Web Site — ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

Semifinal action will take place on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. with ESPN airing the first game and ESPN2 airing the second contest. The championship game is scheduled to follow on Friday, Aug. 9.

Yep beginning Saturday, these should be exciting times for Knox County Little League fans, players and coaches alike.