By Les Dixon/ Sports Editor
CHARLESTON, S.C. — North Laurel ended its trip in the Hanahan Classic by dropping an 8-1 decision to West Ashley, S.C.
The seven-run loss dropped the Jaguars to 5-6 on the season while going 1-2 during their spring break trip.
“It was a closer game than the score showed,” North Laurel coach Darren McWhorter said. “They had a kid throwing about 87 miles an hour and his curveball was hitting 80, so it was hard for us to get anything on the ball.
“Our only run came when Marcus reached base with a hit, reached second on a passed ball and scored on a passed ball,” he added. “It was tough out there. That pitcher was really, really good.”
Despite the loss, McWhorter said he was pleased with his team’s effort.
“I thought our pitchers threw well,” he admitted. “It was only a 3-1 game going into the seventh inning and that’s when they scored five runs to put things away. We just ran out of arms and had to bite the bullet. We were trying to keep it respectable, but they scored some runs in the win.
“The thing I really liked is that we battled and competed with them,” McWhorter added. “That was the biggest thing. We never gave up and I’m proud of our guys for that. I thought we performed well at times down here against some very good teams.”
North Laurel finishes spring break trip with an 8-1 loss
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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