By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
When it comes to baseball, you can never get too high or too low during any point of the season.
Case in point — the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets.
Williamsburg started the season with a program-best 9-0 start, which included winning the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic Tournament title.
Just when it looked as if the Yellow Jackets were on top of the 13th Region baseball world, they hit a bump in the road they haven’t been able to get over just yet.
Williamsburg’s last win came via a 10-2 decision over Monticello on March 28 and now the Yellow Jackets are amidst a five-game losing skid, which includes being out scored 58-7 during the process.
John Mountjoy’s squad is hoping to end the skid today at home against the Hazard Bulldogs to see who will advance to the All ‘A’ State tournament at Whitaker Bank Field on May 4 in an All ‘A’ Sectional matchup today.
“We just need to get in some games,” Mountjoy said. “We’ve not been able to get thing going because we’re not playing every day. The breaks from the rain has really hurt us.
“We’ve only played four games in two weeks and when you’re not getting that many games in, your fielders and hitters began to second-guess themselves when something bad happens,” he added. “Right now, we’re really just in a spot to where we need to play.”
The Yellow Jackets will get that chance today against a Bulldog team that is 16-3 overall and currently riding an impressive nine-game win streak.
“From what I’ve been told, they can hit, pitch and field really good,” Mountjoy said. “I know they have the (Jordan) Olinger kid that is very athletic and can really play. From seeing who they’ve played and who they’ve beaten, you can tell they’re a very good team.”
Hazard didn’t have any trouble winning the 14th Region All ‘A’ Classic, cruising to four wins while outscoring its opponents 36-0.
“Anything can happen in one game,” Mountjoy said. “We are at home and that’s a plus for us. You know we’re not having to make the two-plus hour trip over there, so that’s one thing we don’t have to worry about.
“I think if we come out and play to our abilities, we have a good chance, but if we play like we did against Corbin and South Laurel the past two weeks then we’re in for a long night.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
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Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
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Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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