By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
CORBIN — The Corbin 11-12 year-old All-Stars earned a berth in the upcoming District 4 Tournament by upending Clay County, 13-5, Wednesday in the loser’s bracket finals of the Area 2 Tournament.
For the second straight game, Corbin’s bats came alive and scored in double-digits, as a five-run second inning combined with a five-run fourth inning paved the way to their win.
Corbin’s Jordan Fox turned in an impressive game at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a triple, one RBI and one run scored while Colin Kidd collected a hit, and drove in a team-high three RBIs in the win. Christian Gosselin and Austin Reynolds each collected two hits in the win, while each player also drove in a run apiece. Reynolds finished the game with three runs scored while Gosselin scored twice.
Corbin finished the game with 11 hits, as Noah Maze and Nick Yeager each had a hit apiece.
Kidd and Gosselin combined to get the win on the mound with Kidd tossing 2 2/3 of an inning allowing three runs and four hits while striking out four batters. Gosselin tossed 3 1/3 of an inning, while limiting Clay County to no hits and only one earned run. He finished the game with two strikeouts.
Corbin jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning before seeing Clay County respond with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. Both teams scored a run apiece in the third inning before Corbin put the game away with a five-run fourth inning, taking a commanding 11-3 advantage.
Clay County responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but couldn’t put together any thing else at the plate for the remainder of the game. Corbin put the finishing touches on its win with two runs in the top of the sixth.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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