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July 2, 2014

Late-Inning Heroics: Last ditch effort comes up roses for Corbin in 6-5 walk-off win

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons

Sports Editor

CORBIN — Corbin’s Garner Chandler came up to the plate in a situation they say every Little Leaguer dreams of — at bat with the winning run on base in the bottom of the last inning.

Chandler made good on the opportunity, smacking a fly ball off the right field fence to score teammate Cade Cooney from second base, sending Corbin to the district tournament with a 6-5 victory over North Laurel.

While Chandler collected the game-winning hit, the win was a total team effort for Corbin. They got several key defensive plays and a solid effort on the mound from Cameron Allen and Ethan Wine. Allen gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits through four innings, while Wine held North Laurel to just one hit through the final two innings to get the win.

After the win, Corbin coach Dan Hash said he was proud of the way the team pulled together coming off a tough loss to Clay County the night before.

“We’ve practiced hard at what we thought we needed to get better and we did that tonight,” Hash said. “What I saw throughout the game was tremendous bench play and guys that just weren’t giving up with two strikes.

“That’s exactly what happened at the end of the game and Garner (Chandler) made contact and he was blessed, pounding that one off the fence to give us the win,” he added.  

Things looked bleak for Corbin in the early innings as North Laurel’s Cole Kelley gave his team a 1-0 lead with a solo home run to lead off the second inning, followed by a three-run rally in the third that made the score 4-0.

Corbin answered in a big way though in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of a pair of walks and an error by North Laurel to take a 5-4 lead.

North Laurel tied things up at five runs apiece in the top of the fourth inning when Seth McClure connected for a solo home run with one out in the inning. That was the last of the offense until Chandler faced a 3-2 count with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

“This is one of those games that you hate to see either team lose because both teams really gutted this out,” Hash said. “North was the top team in the district, so it would have been really easy for these kids to give up, but they played until the last play.

“The good thing about this team is that the more they play together the better they get,” he added. “They played better as the game went on and tonight they came out on the winning end of a really good baseball game.”

Corbin will move on to next week’s district tournament, which will be played at Corbin’s Rotary Park. Those brackets are not available at this time.

 

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