By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets improved to 6-0 Thursday with a 12-8 win over Harlan, securing a spot in the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic against Middlesboro today at home.
After jumping ahead early, the Yellow Jackets let Harlan sneak back into the game on two occasions, only to pull out the win.
Afterward, Williamsburg head coach John Mountjoy said he was pleased with the way his team responded to the first sign of adversity it had seen so far this season.
“We had kind of breezed through the first few games and hadn’t been tested to this point,” Mountjoy said. “This was a good test of their merit to see if they had the ability to battle through a few rough spots and get the win.”
The Yellow Jackets took an early lead with a four-run first inning, but Harlan got one back in the second to trim the gap to 4-1.
Williamsburg added a pair of runs in the second, but the Green Dragons tied the game at six apiece with five runs in the third inning.
Williamsburg struck for two runs again in the third inning when a triple by Alex Patterson scored Dalton Peace and a single by Ryan Bowling brought Peace around to score to make the score, 8-6.
Harlan tied things up again in the top of the fifth inning with a two-out rally. Three straight singles and an error charged to Peace at second tied things up at eight runs apiece, but Williamsburg wasn’t done yet.
Ethan Wilson came through for the Yellow Jackets with one out in the inning, connecting for a three-run double to put his squad on top, 11-8. Williamsburg added one more run in the inning to make it 12-8.
After seeing Logan Hamblin and Ryan Bowlin pitch well, but eventually give up a few runs each, Mountjoy went to Jon Teague in the seventh to try and shut down the Green Dragons. The move paid off as Teague retired three straight batters in the seventh to earn the win.
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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