By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — The Corbin Redhounds got another solid effort on the mound from junior starter Kevin Goins Monday, who went the distance for the fourth straight time out in an 8-2 win over Williamsburg.
Taylor Combs connected for a three-run home run in the second inning, and Austin O’Neill came through with his second straight multi-hit game to lead the Redhounds’ offense in the win.
Afterward, Corbin coach Rob Ledington praised his starting pitcher and said there was one word that comes to mind when it comes to Goins and his efforts so far this season.
“Dependable is the word I would use first when talking about Kevin,” Ledington said. “He’s been just that for us this season and when we need a good game I know I can go to him and be pretty confident.
“He’s just the kind of kid that you know isn’t going to get rattled in certain situations and he keeps the same state of mind no matter what the situation,” he added. “I think he was the same way on the basketball court and that’s just a great quality to have and it's nice to have someone like that to go to.”
Corbin took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Taylor Combs broke things open in the top of the second inning when he hit an Ethan Wilson pitch over the left-field wall to put the Redhounds on top 4-0.
Williamsburg trimmed the gap to 4-1 in the third inning when Ryan Bowlin came through with an RBI single. The Yellow Jackets plated another run in the fourth inning when Logan Hamblin doubled to score Jon Teague, cutting the deficit to 4-2.
Corbin scored a pair of runs in the fifth to open the gap to 7-2 when a one-out sacrifice by Corey Ledington brought Nick Vorbeck in from third, and an RBI single by O’Neill scored Andrew Jones.
The Redhounds added a run in the top of the seventh when O’Neill doubled to bring Ledington around to score, pushing the lead to 8-2.
Goins set the Yellow Jackets down in order in the seventh to close things out. He finished the game with six strikeouts.
Combs' homer helps Redhounds knock off Williamsburg, 8-2
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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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