By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
PRESTONSBURG — Like they’ve done several times over the past few weeks, the Knox County All Stars fell behind early, but came back to earn the win.
Franklin-Simpson plated a pair of runs in the top of the third inning, but Scott Payne’s team recovered in a hurry as they scored three runs in the bottom of the inning and held on for the 3-2 victory.
The good news for Knox County is they picked up the win. The bad news was they only tallied one hit in the process.
After the first two batters of the inning reached base, Franklin-Simpson scored a pair of runs with two outs in the third inning. A walk by Tucker Holland to load the bases led to a two-run error against Knox County. Another base-on-balls loaded the bases a second time in the inning, but Holland forced the batter to fly out to a waiting Thomas Jackson to end the inning.
Knox County responded in the bottom of the third inning with a pair of walks and a passed ball that scored Jackson to cut the lead to 2-1.
A single by Trey Owens, which was Knox County’s only hit of the game, followed by a walk to Holland loaded the bases with just one out. A passed ball allowed Jalen Adams to score, tying things up at two runs apiece.
After a strikeout by Peyton Payne for the second out of the inning, Holland scored from third on the third passed ball of the inning against Franklin-Simpson, giving Knox County a 3-2 lead.
Holland pitched a scoreless fourth and fifth innings before giving way to Payne in the sixth. Payne worked a scoreless sixth inning to earn the save.
Knox County All Stars open state tournament with 3-2 victory
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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