By John Stepp For the Times Tribune
LINCOLN COUNTY — In baseball, games can be decided in just one inning. And that is exactly what happened to the Corbin Redhounds on Monday when they lost a close 3-2 game to Lincoln County.
The Redhounds were up 2-0, but a three-run fourth inning put the Patriots ahead 3-2 in what would be the final score.
Offensively, Corbin struggled to put runs on the board. The Redhounds only picked up six hits in the game, and failed to put together an inning in which they got the bats going. That is not a good recipe for a team who is averaging close to 10 strikeouts a game, according to head coach Rob Ledington.
"We are struggling with our two-strike approach right now. When we get two strikes on us, we have to make adjustments," said Ledington. "Baseball is a mental game and hitting the ball is a confidence and emotional thing. We have to start doing a better job at the plate."
The Redhounds' defense has been solid all season, holding teams to an average of just more than two runs per game. They've also gotten a tremendous effort from their pitching rotation.
"I feel like I've said this over and over this year, but this team will have good pitching and will be a good defensive baseball team," said Ledington. "That's what we do and we'll keep doing those things."
The Redhounds were up 2-0 heading into the fourth inning before giving up the lead. Senior Kevin Goins went the distance for Corbin on the mound, but struggled in the decisive inning.
The Patriots narrowly came away with the lead, picking up three hits after Corbin had already gotten two outs in the inning. But, the three runs Lincoln picked up proved to be too much for the Redhounds to overcome.
"We really outplayed them tonight. We outplayed them in every facet of the game except for the scoreboard and that can be so discouraging," said Ledington. "That is what is so hard about baseball. You can get so emotionally and mentally drained when you outplay someone and still lose. Winning can cure all ills, though, and we plan to move on and improve."
With the loss, the Redhounds fall to 2-3 on the season. They will have a chance to avenge their loss against the Patriots today, traveling to Lincoln County.
By John Stepp For the Times Tribune
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