By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
SOUTH LONDON — Both Corbin and North Laurel Little league All-Stars cruised to semifinal action of the 11-12 year-old District Tournament by picking up impressive wins Saturday.
The Corbin Little League All-Stars didn't have any trouble, cruising to an easy, 14-3, win over the Hazard/Perry All-Stars while North Laurel dominated Clay County by dominating in four innings, pulling out a 22-6 victory.
Both teams will be back in action Tuesday with Corbin playing at 6 p.m. while North Laurel follows at 8 p.m.
Knox County won its first game, a 21-9 victory over McCreary County Saturday, but dropped a 28-1 decision to Tri-City on Sunday, sending them to the loser's bracket.
Tri-City 28, Knox County 1
Tri-City scored early and often and earned a berth to play North Laurel Tuesday in the semifinals by defeating Knox County, 28-1, on Sunday.
Corbin 14, Hazard/Perry 3
Corbin jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, as Madison Hopper picked up the win on the mound, striking out four batters in the win.
Blakely Carr scored three times in the win, and collected two hits while Marisa Scott and Taegen Jenkins each scored twice. Scott had a hit and a walk, while Jenkins collected two walks and a hit.
Michaela Sullivan, Kati Garland, Madison Hopper, Morgan Hopper and Tabitha Gray each scored in the win. Corbin took advantage of 16 walks during the 11-run victory.
Corbin's lead grew to 8-0 in the top second inning before seeing Hazard/Perry score runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Corbin put the game away with six runs in the top of the fourth inning while taking advantage of nine walks.
North Laurel 22, Clay County 6
North Laurel was staring at a 4-3 deficit after the first inning, but used a four-run second inning and a seven-run third inning to pull away from Clay County and roll into semifinal action with a 22-6 win.
Daria Casey struck out eight batters during the win for North Laurel, as Clay County struggled at the plate.
Haven Houston went 5-for-5 at the plate and scored four times while Morgan Vaughn collected three hits, a walk and four runs scored. Gracie Jervis scored three times in the win while finishing with three hits. Taylor Jones had three hits and three runs scored and Kenley Jarvis finished with three hits and three runs scored.
Knox County 21, McCreary County 9
After fighting to a 2-2 tie in the first inning, Knox County exploded for eight runs in the second inning and never looked back during its 21-9 win over McCreary County.
Knox County pounded out 20 hits in the win, as Hale led the way with a four-hit effort while Autumn Hamilton, Grace Jones and Jaime Long each had three hits apiece.
Knox County put the game away in the third inning, sending 10 batters to the plate, while scoring right runs.
Corbin & North Laurel advance; Knox County falls to the loser’s bracket
By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
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