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June 4, 2014

Who's it gonna be

Frontrunners for respective 2014 Tri-County Player Of The Year awards named

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Staff Writer

Well folks, we’ve got our 13th Region baseball and softball champions crowned and they both hail from South Laurel High School. Wynn Harris’ Cardinals have already advanced to the quarterfinals of the KHSAA State Baseball Tournament by grabbing a 4-1 win over Scott Monday while James Burns’ Lady Cardinals’ will get things going Thursday against George Rogers Clark during first round action of the KHSAA Fastpitch State Tournament.

This week’s notebook is going to be fun and interesting, to say the least.

Not only am I going to list both the boys and girls Player of the Week, but also the finalists for the 2014 Times-Tribune Tri-County Baseball and Softball Player of the Year awards.

So with that said, let’s get to it.


Player of the Week

Hagan Burns, South Laurel — Burns limited crosstown rival North Laurel to only five hits and one run while striking out five batters during the Lady Cardinals’ 4-1 win over the Lady Jaguars during the finals of the 13th Region Fastpitch Tournament championship.

Player of the Year Finalists (Listed

in alphabetical order)

Hagan Burns, South Laurel — Despite missing close to three weeks of the regular season due to a shoulder injury, Burns still managed to lead the Tri-County with a 24-4 record, .51 ERA, 12 shut outs and 182 strikeouts. She also batted an impressive .447 on the season with 55 hits, three home runs and 46 RBI, which played a big role in South Laurel repeating as 13th Region champions.

Nathasha Colwell, North Laurel — Colwell batted .341 on the season with 31 hits, six doubles, four triples, four home runs and 19 RBI. These stats don’t include North Laurel’s final four games of the season.

Leslie Dixon, South Laurel — Dixon turned in a stellar season as an eighth-grader. She managed to string together an 18-game hit streak along the way while batting .419, going 36-of-89 while striking out only three times in 99 plate appearances. She also drove in 16 runs, stole 15 bases and scored 32 runs.

Hannah Hart, Corbin —Hart turned in a solid senior campaign with 48 hits, nine doubles, five home runs, 22 RBI, 35 runs scored and a team-best .457 batting average. She also set the Corbin single-season home run record this season. Hart posted a 13-17 mark on the mound while compiling a 2.01 ERA and 135 strikeouts.

McKenzie Mills, North Laurel — The speedster lead-off batter for the Lady Jaguars turned in an awesome season at the plate and on the field. Coming into North Laurel’s district title match-up with Jackson County, Mills led the Lady Jaguars with a .397 batting average, 52 hits, 39 runs scored, while connecting with two doubles and three triples. She also had a home run, 19 RBI and 26 stolen bases. She also didn’t make an error the entire season playing center field. These stats don’t include North Laurel’s final four games of the season.

Makenzie Powenski, South Laurel — Powenski might be an eighth-grader, but you’d never know it by her stats. Powenski led the Lady Cardinals with an impressive .496 batting average, 61 hits (a team record for an eighth-grader), while driving in 38 runs, scoring 44 times, stealing 20 bases and collecting 16 doubles and five triples.

Destiney Salva, South Laurel — Salva missed some of the early part of the season, but came out red hot, turning in a .350 batting average while collecting 28 hits, 24 RBI, and 21 runs scored. She also posted a 5-3 record on the mound recording three shut outs and a 3.21 ERA while striking out 32 batters.

Brittany Vandeventer, South Laurel — Vandeventer had a solid junior season, batting .440 while going 55-of-125 at the plate while scoring 56 times. She led the team with 25 stolen bases while driving in 38 runs and connecting with a homer. She also had 17 doubles and three triples while striking out only three times in 141 plate appearances.

Mikayla Vires, North Laurel — Vires batted .400 while going 46-of-115 at the plate. She also had three home runs and 26 RBI to go along with 15 doubles and two triples. Vires also had 17 wins to go along with a 2.86 ERA and 107 strikeouts.

Kailen Yantz, North Laurel — Yantz compiled a .306 average heading into North Laurel’s district title game match-up with Clay County while leading North Laurel with eight homers and 28 RBI. She also had 30 hits and 36 runs scored to go along with seven doubles and five triples. These stats don’t include North Laurel’s final four games of the season.


Player of the Week

Braden Miller, South Laurel — Miller turned in back-to-back solid pitching efforts in the region title game and the first round of the state tournament to earn this week’s top honors.

Player of the Year Finalists (Listed

in alphabetical order)

Zach Allen, South Laurel — Going into the state tournament, Allen was batting .387 on the season with 21 runs scored, 36 hits and 22 RBI while going 3-2 on the mound with an impressive .23 ERA.

Taylor Combs, Corbin — Combs led the Redhounds in hitting with a .388 average, tallying 38 hits and 11 RBI on the season. Combs also had a 1.47 ERA in 61.2 innings pitched for the Redhounds.

Logan Mallory, North Laurel — No stats have been provided yet for North Laurel, but Mallory was solid on the mound and at the plate for the Jaguars.

Trey Martin, South Laurel — Heading into the state tournament, Martin was batting .390, collected 39 runs scored, 41 hits, 12 RBI, 10 doubles, one triple and 23 stolen bases. He was also 5-1 on the mound with a 1.50 ERA and 47 strikeouts.

Ethan Maxey, North Laurel — No stats have been provided for Maxey just yet, but he turned in an impressive season at the catcher’s spot and at the plate for Darren McWhorter’s squad.

Braden Miller, South Laurel — Miller has had a fantastic season so far, going into the state tournament with a 6-2 record, 2.14 ERA while striking out 40 batters and walking only six. He had a .304 batting average with 12 runs scored, 31 hits, two home runs, 21 RBI and eight doubles.

Daniel Neal, South Laurel — Going into the state tournament, Neal has compiled a team-best .487 batting average, 30 runs scored, 58 hits, 37 RBI, seven homers, 13 doubles and two triples. He is also 5-3 on the mound with a .75 ERA and 58 strikeouts.

Jaxon Stewart, Knox Central — Stewart batted .348 with three home runs, 15 RBI, 32 hits, seven doubles and one triple.

Nick Vorbeck, Corbin — Vorbeck finished the regular season with a .307 average and 20 RBI. He added five more hits as well as five RBI in five postseason games.

Stevie Watson, Whitley County — No stats have been provided as of yet for Watson, but he turned in a solid campaign for the Colonels.


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