By John Stepp for The Times Tribune
CORBIN — 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.
It was also the third time in as many games that the Redhounds have shutout their opponents, beating their last three teams by a total score of 28-0.
“I've been confident in our pitching and our defense all year long. It's what we focus on and we feel that is what wins game for us,” Ledington said. “Our hitting has finally started to come around and we've hit the ball a lot better in our last few games.”
The Redhounds received another big pitching performance on Thursday, this time from senior T.C. Collins. The senior right hander pitched a complete game shutout, scattering five hits and striking out nine batters for the win.
“T.C. (Collins) has been a solid pitcher for us for four years. He's pitched for us throughout the season, but this was his first start of the year,” Ledington said. “He's a very good pitcher and he does exactly what he needs to do. He doesn't beat himself, he throw strikes and has a good defense behind him.”
The Redhounds scored one run in each of the third, fourth, and fifth innings, taking a 3-0 lead with just two innings left in the game. They were able to put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring five runs and all but ending the possibilities of a Barbourville rally.
Austin Combs led the Redhounds at the plate with two doubles, a single, and three runs batted in (RBI). Andrew Jones added two singles and one RBI. Seven other Corbin players had singles, as the Redhounds collected 12 hits on the night.
“This was a good win for us. Their pitcher didn't throw as hard as what we have seen, so we were out in front of the ball a little early in the game,” Ledington said. “We finally got our timing down with him and started hitting the ball well later in the game.”
With the win, Corbin improved their record to 6-7 on the season. They'll play host to Jackson County today and take on Mercer County this weekend, before a district showdown with South Laurel on Monday.
Ledington said the Corbin baseball program will honor the state runner-up team from 1994 on Monday for what they did for Redhound baseball.
“We're going to have a little ceremony before the South Laurel game to honor them because this is the 20th anniversary of that awesome feat,” Ledington said. “We're hoping to get a big crowd for that game. What that team did for the city of Corbin and baseball is phenomenal. We want to pay tribute to them.”
Corbin picks up third straight win, knock off Tigers 8-0
By John Stepp for The Times Tribune
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