By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN — Corbin starting pitcher Taylor Combs led the way for the Redhounds in more than one way during Thursday's 5-4 win over visiting Rockcastle County.
After allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits and striking out five through seven innings, he came up big for Corbin at the plate with the game tied in the bottom of the seventh.
After back-to-back singles by Keaton Burton and Derek Terry, followed by a base-on-balls to Austin Combs that loaded the bases, Taylor Combs lined an 0-1 pitch to center field, allowing Burton to tag up and score the winning run from third.
The win improves the Redhounds to 3-0 on the season, a mark that head coach Rob Ledington said he was extremely happy with. After the win he said he was pleased with the way his team has played so far this season.
“I’m really happy with the way the kids are swinging the bats and just doing the small things,” Ledington said. “We’ve done a good job when it comes to quality at bats and I told the guys that's what we’re always looking for rather than a high average.
“Any time you can take the pitcher a little deeper in the count, you’re going to get good swings at the ball,” he added. “Obviously the more good swings you get, the more times the baseball is going to fall in for you, which leads to good things.”
Corbin got on the scoreboard first when Nick Vorbeck doubled to left field to score Jace Woodruff (pinch running for Taylor Combs) from first to put the Redhounds on top, 1-0.
Ledington’s squad added three runs in the third inning when Taylor Combs doubled to left field, bringing Zach Farley and Terry in to score, pushing the gap to 3-0. A single by Jacob Metzger brought Woodruff in to give Corbin a 4-0 lead.
Rockcastle County took advantage of several miscues by the Redhounds in the top of the fourth inning (dropped third strike, passed ball, hit batter and an error at third base), to tie things up at four apiece.
Taylor Combs settled down after the rough fourth, retiring six of the next seven batters he faced to give his team a chance to win the game in the seventh.
The Redhounds were led at the plate by Corey Ledington and Jacob Metzger, who each went 2-for-3 (Ledington had a double), and Terry, who was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and run scored.