By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
PRESTONSBURG — The Knox County 9 & 10-year-old All-Stars saw their run towards a state championship come to an end after falling in the Final Four to Owensboro Southern, 15-1.
Knox County could never get on track, as Owensboro Southern’s pitching kept Jimmy Mills’ squad off-balanced the entire game.
“They have a very good team,” Mills said. “They started a pitcher that really pitched a good game and we really couldn’t get anything going. He commanded the strike zone with his fastball and curveball and any time you have a pitcher that has two good pitches, they are going to be tough to beat.”
Knox County entered All-Star play with high hopes and Mills admitted his players didn’t disappoint.
“Not at all,” he said. “We started off kind of slow, but once we got out of the Area Tournament, I thought we played really well. Like I said, we struggled out of the gate, but in the District Tournament we played great.
“We just couldn’t hit the ball against them,” he added. “It’s a tough loss, but we made some mistakes early and they took advantage of it and we just never could recover.”
Despite coming up short of a state championship, Mills said he’s proud of how his team performed this summer.
“They did great,” he said. “We had a great run, great experience and the kids learned a lot from this. Now we need to take advantage of this experience. I’m really pleased with the way we played during all of the tournaments.”
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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