By John Stepp For The Times-Tribune
The North Laurel Minor League All Stars got one step closer to a state title on Tuesday, defeating Morgan County 13-0 in the second round of the state softball tournament. With the win, North Laurel will take on South Hardin today for a chance to play in the finals on Friday.
“I thought we did a good job of not playing down to the level of our competition because it seems in games like this you tend to do that,” said North Laurel coach John Sizemore. “We have a competitive game next game. They (South Hardin) are a disciplined team and have some strong pitching. It’s going to be a tough game.”
North Laurel’s bats were hot to start the game, scoring eight runs in the first inning. North Laurel had five hits in the inning and capitalized on several Morgan County errors, with their first seven batters reaching base and scoring.
Despite failing to score in the second inning, North Laurel went on to add two runs in the third and fourth innings each.
“We played good. We hit the ball well and had good pitching and good defense,” said Sizemore. “We just have to be ready for tomorrow.”
Kambrie Collier led North Laurel at the plate with a single, walk and two runs scored. Maylee Philpot also added a single and scored two runs.
Daria Casey picked up the win for North Laurel, pitching one inning and striking out all three batters she faced. Maggie Dagley came on in relief in the second inning, and had two strikeouts. Taylor Jones pitched the final two innings, striking out three. The three pitchers allowed no hits for the entire game.
By John Stepp For The Times-Tribune
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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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