By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
KNOX CENTRAL — Riding a four-game losing skid entering Tuesday’s 51st District match-up with rival Barbourville, the Knox Central Panthers needed a win in the worst way.
They managed to get it thanks to a seven-run third inning while moving one step closer to the 51st District’s top seed by defeating the Tigers, 14-2.
“We needed this win,” Knox Central coach Brandon Hillard said. “It’s nice to get a bit closer in getting the No. 1 seed and any time we can get it, I’ll take it.
“We have struggled a bit this past week, so it’s nice to get a win,” he added. “I’d love to be getting the wins on a grand scale like against North Laurel, but we are improving.”
The pitching of Seth Hill kept Barbourville hitters at bay the entire game while Knox Central’s hitters took care of the rest.
Hill tossed all five innings and allowed only two runs on three hits while fanning eight batters.
“Seth came out and threw strikes,” Hillard said. “When he comes out of the gate like that and we’re hitting, good things happen.”
Hunter McRight continued his hot hitting at the plate by delivering a double during his 2-for-2 effort. He also drove in two runs. Jake Stewart collected a hit and drove in two runs in the win while teammate Zach Earls went 1-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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