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July 9, 2012

District 4 Tournament an uphill climb for Estep's team

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Sports Editor

Chad Estep’s Corbin 11 & 12-year-old All-Stars face an uphill mountain going into next week’s District 4 Tournament, but you can’t count them out.

Corbin is loaded with talent at the plate and on the mound and if there is a team that can come out of the loser’s bracket and head to the State Tournament, Estep believes his team could be it.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I believe all of the 2012 Corbin All-Star team are well-equipped to get out of district. That’s a really big thing to say that about the Little League as a whole, but there has been a lot of hard work that has made us have some really good teams.”

Corbin opens play Tuesday at 8 p.m. against Hazard, who fell in the Area 4 title game to Tri-Cities, 11-1.

Corbin won its first game of the Area 2 Tournament, 20-5, against Clay County, but was upended by North Laurel, 11-1, the following day.

Estep admitted the loss to North Laurel could be a blessing in disguise.

“I would agree with that,” he said. “We have some very athletic and talented kids and they know that we are one loss from seeing our season come to an end. They realize the dream could end if they lose, so they are absolutely focused.

“I don’t know anything about them,” Estep said. “I know we’re going to have to come ready to play. We have the athletic ability and attitude to be successful and they have such a competitive nature, too. I know they are focused and will be ready to play.”

Corbin’s Rotary Park will host the District 4 Tournament beginning Monday, as Knox County and Pulaski County begins things at 6 p.m. while North Laurel and Tri-City follows at 8 p.m.

Middlesboro and Wayne County will play Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Hazard and Corbin following at 8 p.m.

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