By Chris Parsons
TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
After starting the season with four straight wins, the Corbin Redhounds looked like they could be one of the surprise teams in the 13th Region.
Rob Ledington’s club cooled off considerably as the season progressed, but have played well lately as he says the team is getting closer to defining the roles of each player. As the regular season enters the final few weeks, the improved play couldn’t come at a better time.
“The way we started the season even surprised me because I didn’t think we would be a great offensive team and we were really hitting the ball well,” Ledington said. “Our bats kind of cooled off and we looked more like I expected us to as far as scoring runs and so on.
“Our pitching has been strong all season and now we’re starting to hit the ball better than we were in the middle part of the season,” he added. “I think a lot of that is mental and our kids are just starting to not worry about things and have fun, which usually leads to better play from them.”
The low-point of the season was a four-game skid where the Redhounds lost to Clay County (2-0), Wayne County (10-9) and a pair of losses to South Laurel (3-0 and 8-1). Since then Ledington said he and his coaching staff have tried to do a few things to take the players’ minds off the game and put more emphasis on having fun.
Ledington and his staff decided to reward players for the little things they achieve during a game like getting a sacrifice bunt down, limiting strikeouts during a game or making the right decision on the base-paths. The rewards offered won’t actually benefit the players, but Ledington said he knows without a doubt his helping his players have fun.
“We told them for certain things they do right in a game, the other coaches and myself will run what we call foul poles,” Ledington said. “I just finished mine up for the day and I had to run 20 of them after this weekend.
“I’ll say this, I may look like I have an eating disorder by the end of the season, but if it means our kids are having fun and playing well, it’s worth it,” he added.