By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
After being pushed back a day due to inclement weather, the Corbin Little League Tournament got underway Tuesday with three games on the schedule.
When all was said and done, three teams saw their season come to an end, but three others kept hopes of capturing a tournament title alive for at least another game.
In Little League (11-12 year old) action, Dr. Pepper shutout Hometown Bank to earn the 4-0 win, while in the Minor League (9-10 year old) division, the Diamondbacks eliminated the Marlins (13-6), while the Red Sox knocked off the Reds.
Dr. Pepper 4, Hometown Bank 0
In the opening game of the Little League tournament, Jayson Stancil did the dirty work on the mound for Dr. Pepper, while Zack Hash led the way at the plate.
Stancil went the distance for Dr. Pepper, giving up just four hits while striking out 14 of the 23 Hometown Bank batters he faced. Stancil was dominant from the start striking out three of the first four batters he faced after giving up a leadoff single to Hometown Bank's Caleb Vannorstran. He was also consistent, throwing 57 of his 84 pitches for strikes, while starting off 17 of the 23 batters faced with first-pitch strikes.
Offensively, Hash paced Dr. Pepper with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate with a pair of runs scored. When it counted though, Stancil and teammate Michael Todd came through, accounting for all four of Dr. Pepper's RBIs as they collected two apiece.
Todd broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third when he singled home Hash and Max Dietsz to put Dr. Pepper on top, 2-0. Stancil's RBIs came the at bottom of the fourth when he doubled to left field, scoring Hash and Cade Cooney to stretch Dr. Pepper's lead to 4-0.
Stancil made the lead stand up as Dr. Pepper advances to play Davis Salvage today at 5:30 p.m.
Diamondbacks 13, Marlins 6
Despite the fact they allowed six runs, the duo of Cameran Combs and Ryan Walker combined to throw a no-hitter against the Marlins to lead the Diamondbacks to a 13-6 win.
Parker Norvell was 3-for-4 at the plate for the Diamondbacks with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. Canyon Freels was 1-for-1, but came through with three RBIs in the win.
The Diamondbacks scored four runs in the bottom of the first, but the Marlins turned the tide with a five-run spurt in the top of the second to take the lead. The Diamondbacks responded with five runs of their own in the bottom of the second and after grabbing the 9-4 lead, never looked back.
The Marlins trimmed the gap to 9-6 in the third inning, but the Diamondbacks sealed the win with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Diamondbacks move on to face the Athletics today at 5:30 p.m.
Red Sox 9, Reds 8
The Red Sox used a five-run sixth inning to grab a 9-8, come-from-behind win over the Reds to move on to the second round of the tournament.
The Reds held a 8-4 lead heading into the top of the sixth inning and after retiring the first two batters of the inning, the win looked like it was all but wrapped up. The Red Sox' Zack Troglen didn't want to be the last out though, reaching base on a single past the shortstop. Though they didn't record another hit in the inning, five walks, four passed balls and a hit batter eventually gave the Red Sox the 9-8 lead.
Isaac Morris was able to hold the Reds to just one run in the final three innings to earn the win.
Morris, Austin Gomez, Lauren Faulkner and Alex Garrett each tallied an RBI in the win for the Red Sox as they move on to face the Cubs today at 7:30 p.m.
Corbin Minor and Little League tournaments open with some prime time action
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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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