By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
PRESTONSBURG — The resilient North Laurel 11-year-old All-Stars are now one win away from capturing the 11-year-old state championship after holding on Thursday to knock off the Warren County-South All-Stars, 8-7. Since losing to the Campbellsville All-Stars 1-0 to open state tournament play, Jason VanHook’s squad has been impressive baseball on the diamond, but they’re not the only Tri-County team that will be playing for a state championship today.
The Knox County 11-12-year-old All-Stars punched their ticket into the 11-12-year-old state title game Thursday by rolling past Campbellsville Thursday, 4-2.
North Laurel 8, Warren County-South All-Stars 7
It didn’t take North Laurel long to jump out on Warren County-South, as Blake VanHook connected with a two-run homer in the first inning, leading to an 8-7 win for his team.
It wasn’t an easy win, though.
North Laurel led 6-3 going into the top of the fifth inning before seeing Warren County-South tie the game with three runs at 6-6, but VanHook’s squad responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take an 8-6 edge.
Warren County-South added a run in the top of the sixth, cutting its deficit to 8-7, but Ty Baker forced a ground out to wrap-up the win for North Laurel.
“Our kids never give up,” VanHook said. “This was a big win for us.”
Colby Howard picked up the win on the mound, tossing five innings while striking out five batters, while Blaine Miller tossed two/thirds of an inning before seeing Baker get the save.
Baker also connected with his first home run during the win, while driving in two runs and Charlie Key went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Knox Co. 4, Campbellsville 2
Knox County jumped on Campbellsville early and managed to hold on to advance to the state title game for the second straight year.
“This was a good win. We’re one game away,” Knox County coach Scott Payne said.
Thomas Jackson picked up the win on the mound while Tucker Holland came in for the save. Knox County will play North Oldham today in a rubber match. North Oldham knocked Payne’s squad out two years ago in the semifinals, but Knox Central got revenge last year in the state title game. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
North Laurel/Knox County are one win away from winning State Titles
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
- Local Sports
It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
- 13th Region Tournament Schedule
Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Sunday Best