By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Colonels got a complete game from Alex Rose on the mound and a 3-for-3 effort, including a solo home run, from Steven Watson at the plate as they cruised past Williamsburg for the second straight day.
The 12-4 win over the Yellow Jackets puts Whitley County dead even with Corbin in the 50th District standings, meaning a coin flip will determine the No. 2 and 3 seeds.
Williamsburg’s Logan Hamblin was roughed up to the tune of eight runs through three innings as he took the loss for the Yellow Jackets, while Ryan Bowlin gave up four runs through the final three innings.
After the win, Whitley County coach Kyle Adams said he was happy with the way his team swung the bats as well as the focus it maintained with the big lead late.
“We played well and I'm happy with the way our kids stayed focused,” Adams said. "We've had a tendency to let up in games where we get a lead, but our kids did a good job a finishing to get the win.
“With district play behind us we’ll really work on shoring up the small things and work on some of the mental breakdowns that have cost us this season,” he added. “We play Corbin in the first round of the district and after splitting with them in the regular season I feel like we have a chance to win a game.”
Williamsburg struck first with a three-run first inning, but it didn't take long for the Colonels to answer.
Watson led off the bottom of the second with a home run over the left field wall and his team followed suit. The Colonels racked up five hits in the inning and before all was said and, they had grabbed a 6-3 lead.
Two more runs in the third and one in the fourth inning pushed the gap to 9-4 and three more runs in the sixth made the score 12-4.
Williamsburg threatened in the top of the seventh inning, but failed to get a run across as the loss kept them winless in district play this season.
As for the Colonels, Adams said he feels like his squad has improved as the season has progressed and will continue to do so as the regular season starts to wind down.
“Our kids are playing smarter baseball and when we play good defense, I feel like we can play with any team on any day,” he said.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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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