By Les Dixon/Sports Editor
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Lady Colonels were coming off a four-day layoff entering Tuesday’s 50th District battle with Williamsburg Tuesday and it showed early. The Lady Colonels struggled at the plate and on the field, watching the Lady Yellow Jackets jump out to a 3-0 lead.
But it didn’t take Whitley County long to shake off the rustiness.
The Lady Colonels began chipping away at their deficit with two runs in the third inning before exploding to score eight runs, as they cruised to a 13-3 win over Williamsburg in six innings.
“It took us a while to get going,” Whitley County coach Amanda Moses said. “We just started slow, but we really woke up there late. We were really hitting the ball good.”
Jadon Dopel turned in a solid effort during the game by going 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored while Brooke Hollingsworth also drove in a couple of runs and finished the game with two hits and three runs scored.
“Jadon has been consistent hitting the ball for us the entire season,” Moses said. “Brooke also hit the ball well today, too.”
Whitley County also received a solid pitching effort by sophomore Codie Thacker, who allowed only one earned run in the win while striking out a batter. Thacker also retired the final 11 batters she faced.
“It seems like Codie likes pitching from behind,” Moses laughed. “But seriously, once we fell behind she really pitched a whole lot better. She did good out there.”
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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