By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
CORBIN — The North Laurel 11-12 year-old All-Stars used a four-run first inning while building a 7-0 lead during its 9-5 win over the Clay County Tuesday while Corbin stayed alive by eliminating South London with an 11-0 victory.
North Laurel 9, Clay County 5
The win advances North Laurel to the District 4 Tournament while Clay County falls to the loser’s bracket and will play again today at 7 p.m.
Ben Philpot led the way for North Laurel by going 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI while Alex Binder went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Hutton Shepherd led the team with two RBIs and a hit while Cory Hodge and Chase Pennington each drove in a run.
North Laurel led 4-0 after the first inning and added two more in the third inning to increase its lead to 6-0. They added another run in the seventh inning and looked to be in cruise control until Clay County added two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score, 7-2. North Laurel added two insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning before seeing Clay County try to put together a rally in the bottom of the inning, but it could only manage to score three runs.
Corbin 11, South London 0
Corbin jumped out on top with two runs in the first inning before blowing the game open with a nine-run, six-hit fifth inning.
Nick Yeager led the way for Corbin with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate while scoring three times while Jordan Fox and Peyton Tirey each drove in two runs apiece.
Corbin pitcher Jayson Stancil picked up the win on the mound while tossing five innings and limiting South London to only one hit in the win. He also finished the game with five strikeouts. Matthew Dalton had South London’s lone hit of the game.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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