Girls Top 5
1. North Laurel Lady Jaguars (9-5)
What’s the scoop: The rest of the teams in the 13th Region need to watch out — the Lady Jaguars are beginning to hit stride. North Laurel has now won five games in a row while playing one of the toughest schedules in the Tri-County.
Surprise, surprise: The Lady Jaguars have outscored their opponents 43-3 during the five-game win streak and Farris Strong along with Kailin Yantz have played a big part in their team’s offensive success.
2. South Laurel Lady Cardinals (10-4)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Cardinals became the seventh team in state fastpitch history to win the program’s 500th games. South Laurel joins an elite group of teams — North Laurel (594 all-time wins), Christian County (573), Owensboro Catholic (566), Reidland (561), Greenwood (548), Allen County-Scottsville (505) and George Rogers Clark (500).
Surprise, surprise: The Lady Cardinals also own a five-game win streak, which has seen them outscore their opponents 45-3 during the process. South Laurel also captured the Lady Redhound Classic this past weekend.
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3. Corbin Lady Redhounds (11-6)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Redhounds hold firm at the No. 3 spot and could make some serious noise if they can pull off a win over South Laurel today on the road.
4. Clay County Lady Tigers (7-4)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Tigers picked up an impressive 10-7 win over Middlesboro to move up a spot. I’m telling you folks, the Clay County softball program is one to keep an eye on in the near future.
5. Middlesboro Lady Yellow Jackets (7-2)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Yellow Jackets saw their seven-game win streak come to an end after falling to Clay County at home 10-7. I’m impressed with the way Middlesboro has rebounded since opening the season with an 18-0 loss to South Laurel to begin the season.
Boys Top 5
1. South Laurel Cardinals (13-3)
What’s the scoop: The defending 13th Region champions are beginning to peak at the right time and look to be a pretty hard team to beat. South Laurel has now won six games in a row after going 1-2 during its spring break trip. The Cardinals have been red-hot hitting and pitching during the streak, scoring in doubles figures five times while shutting their opponents three times.
Surprise, surprise: South Laurel is a perfect 4-0 in 50th District play and can wrap-up the district’s top seed by winning splitting a pair of games with Corbin next week.
2. Clay County Tigers (11-7)
What’s the scoop: The Tigers’ record isn’t pretty, but they do have wins over both Corbin and South Laurel.
Surprise, surprise: I’ve got Clay County at the No. 2 spot despite seeing them go 4-5 during their last nine games.
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3. North Laurel Jaguars (9-8)
What’s the scoop: The Jaguars are 4-2 during their past six games, but still seem to be hit and miss at times this season.
4. Corbin Redhounds (11-6)
What’s the scoop: The Redhounds need to sweep South Laurel to keep their hopes of getting the 50th District’s top seed.
5. Harlan County Black Bears (16-7)
What’s the scoop: The Black Bears are a tough team to figure out.
Girls Top 5
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The South Laurel Lady Cardinals escaped with a 4-3 victory over the Corbin Lady Redhounds after an exciting play at the plate that secured them the win.
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For the third time in a row the Corbin Redhounds were winners on Thursday night, this time defeating the Barbourville Tigers 8-0 in 13th Region basbeball action.
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South Laurel’s Braden Miller came through in a big way during the Cardinals’ 9-4 win over Knox Central Thursday.
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After seeing some impressive baseball, and softball games this past week, this I know — they’re only a handful of teams that will make a run for both the 13th Region baseball and softball titles.
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The Lady Cardinals have recovered nicely after a loss to North Laurel by defeating Johnson Central, South Oldham and Whitley County.
The North Laurel Lady Jaguars managed to pick up two wins the past couple of days with victories over both Harlan and Rockcastle County while the Jaguar tennis team also picked up a victory over the Green Dragons.
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