By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
Chris Hart’s Corbin Lady Redhounds were pre-season favorites entering the 2014 campaign, but stumbled out of the blocks, going 5-11 during their first 16 games.
Despite the slow start, Hart believes his team still has the talent to make a run at the softball program’s first-ever 13th Region championship.
“We started a bit slow, and one of the reasons might be because I might have scheduled too tough of a schedule early on,” Hart admitted. “We might could have eased in a bit better, but we have learned from these losses while improving as a team.
“You wouldn’t know this team is 5-11, though,” he added. “This group of girls really get along, and the comradery is the best we’ve had. Like I said, to be honest you’d never know this team is 5-11. The girls know they’ve got to improve, and I believe we are.”
Despite the tough schedule, another reason Corbin is six games under .500 is because of its defensive play. The Lady Redhounds have received solid pitching from senior Hannah Hart, and good hitting, but have committed 55 errors during their 16 games.
“We have been making way too many errors,” Hart said. “But we have seem to have corrected them in Florida this past week.
“We’re going to need to continue to play well defensively, and we will know more in the next few weeks of how much we have improved,” he added. “Even though we have got off to a slow start, we have a chance to make some noise.”
Corbin will get that chance Thursday when the Lady Redhounds host defending 13th Region champion South Laurel, who will enter the game with a 13th Region-best 16-2 record along with an unbeaten 3-0 mark against 50th District opposition.
Whoever wins Thursday’s contest will be in the driver’s seat for the 50th District’s top seed.
“This is a big district game Thursday,” Hart admitted. “But it’s not the only game for either us or South Laurel. Both of us have more games down the road.
“It’s a game that has two of the better teams in the district going against each other,” he added. “We’ll get a chance to measure ourselves and see where we are at. We’ve only played five games against region teams, and the other 11 have been out of region games. That shows you how tough of a schedule we have played.”
With that said, Hart likes his team’s chances of living up to its preseason hype.
“I still feel like we have a legitimate chance of making a run,” he said. “But I’ll say this again — all roads lead to London. Both North and South have won the 13th Region since being moved in here, and it’s going to be that way until someone knocks them off.”