, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

May 22, 2013

Gotta Finish

Williamsburg started season red-hot, but cooled off by season's end


By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are a perfect example of the saying ‘It’s not how you start, but how you finish that matters.’

John Mountjoy's team started the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the 13th Region, sprinting out to a 9-0 record, which included winning the 13th Region All 'A' Classic.

After the quick start though, things unraveled for the Yellow Jackets in a hurry as they dropped the next seven games, six of them by 10 runs or more.

Williamsburg went on to win just four more games the remainder of the season, thanks to a number of obstacles (injuries, player departures, weather) that seemed to pop up around every corner.

After their season-ending loss to South Laurel Monday, Mountjoy was quick to point out a few positives that he took from the season as a whole and said he feels like this season's experience will go along way in player development in the program.

“To start out like we did and then to fall off isn't something you expect, but baseball is a funny game,” he said. “I really felt like we had a good group of kids coming in and they proved me right in the early going.

“As the season got longer, we had things pop up it seemed like every other day, whether it was an injury, somebody quitting or sitting around waiting on the weather to break,” he added. “But these are all just things you have to deal with in baseball and hopefully we can learn from the season overall.”

After dropping seven straight, Williamsburg was able to get off the losing streak with a win over Lynn Camp. The win came just in time, giving the team a little momentum heading into a showdown with McCreary Central that was to be followed by an upcoming match-up against Hazard in the All ‘A’ State Tournament.

The momentum didn't stick as the Yellow Jackets dropped a 6-2 loss to McCreary Central before losing to Hazard in a crushing, 21-1 defeat.

After being eliminated from the All 'A' Classic, Williamsburg never seemed to be able to regain any kind of rhythm as it dropped eight of the final 11 games of the season, including Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

Despite all the struggles this season, there's a silver lining for Williamsburg and that comes in the fact that with all the player departures and injuries this season, a plethora of young players saw playing time that they may not have seen otherwise. Mountjoy said given the number of young kids who stuck with the team through the struggles this year, the future looks bright for his team.

“We had a lot of things come up this year, but I really have to give credit to the guys that stuck with us and played this season out,” he said. “We had some kids out there at times that are seventh or eighth grade kids that were out here basically playing against men.

“When you think about the stuff we went through as a team, it can only make us stronger next year,” he added. “I know these kids showed me that want to play baseball and when you want to play, you're only going to get better as you progress. That's what we expect next year.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0418 SLHS Brittany Vandeventer.jpg Driver's Seat

    The South Laurel Lady Cardinals escaped with a 4-3 victory over the Corbin Lady Redhounds after an exciting play at the plate that secured them the win.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jaguars split home contest with Middlesboro

    The North Laurel boys and girls tennis teams had mixed results when Middlesboro paid a visit.

    April 18, 2014

  • 0418 CHS Baseball.jpg Still Rolling

    For the third time in a row the Corbin Redhounds were winners on Thursday night, this time defeating the Barbourville Tigers 8-0 in 13th Region basbeball action.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418 SLHS Braden Miller.jpg South Laurel picks up 9-4 win over Panthers

    South Laurel’s Braden Miller came through in a big way during the Cardinals’ 9-4 win over Knox Central Thursday.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0319 chs Hannah Hart.jpg Season taking shape

    After seeing some impressive baseball, and softball games this past week, this I know — they’re only a handful of teams that will make a run for both the 13th Region baseball and softball titles.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ready for Action

    Seventy-five years is a long time, but in baseball years it seems like days.

    April 17, 2014

  • 0331 Fear Les Diamond Ratings.jpg Fear 'Les' Diamond Rankings

    The Lady Cardinals have recovered nicely after a loss to North Laurel by defeating Johnson Central, South Oldham and Whitley County.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Net Gains

    The North Laurel Lady Jaguars managed to pick up two wins the past couple of days with victories over both Harlan and Rockcastle County while the Jaguar tennis team also picked up a victory over the Green Dragons.

    April 16, 2014

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
SEC Times-Tribune