By John Stepp for the Times Tribune
SOUTH LONDON — After being down 3-0, the Corbin (White) Minor League All Stars scored 13 unanswered runs in the final two innings to defeat North Laurel (Blue) and advance to the semi-finals of the Area 2 losers’ bracket on Tuesday.
Corbin’s bats came alive in the bottom of the third inning with a two-out rally that scored four runs. Quentin Botner started the rally with a single, and later scored on a North Laurel error. After consecutive walks from the next two batters, a triple by Peyton Addison brought two runners home to tie the game at three apiece. Addison then added a run of his own after a single by Jacob Parker.
“We started off slow and struggled. We hit the ball right to them at the beginning of the game, but then our bats came on and we started hitting the baseball and everybody got fired up,” said Corbin coach Jody Botner. “We always start off slow, it seems like, but we came back and played really good. We hit the ball really good.”
Corbin held North Laurel scoreless in the top of the third and added nine more runs to get the win. Corbin collected seven hits in the inning.
Addison led Corbin at the plate with a triple and single with three runs batted in. Botner added a double and single with two RBI. Cody Cox picked up the win for Corbin, allowing just two hits while striking out seven.
The loss eliminated North Laurel from the double elimination tournament.
With the win, Corbin will advance to the semi-finals of the losers’ bracket to take on the winner of Corbin (Red) and Clay County No. 2.
Corbin White falls behind 3-0 before scoring 13 unanswered runs
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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