By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
JACKSON COUNTY — After failing to score a run in Friday’s loss to North Laurel, the Corbin Redhounds took out their frustrations on the Jackson County Generals Saturday.
Rob Ledington’s squad cranked out 17 hits, led by a pair of grand slams by Nick Vorbeck, en route to the 16-0 win to improve to 13-11 on the season.
Though Vorbeck accounted for eight RBIs, the win was a team effort. Six Redhound batters had multi-hit games and six of them tallied at least an RBI.
Kevin Goins (3-for-3) and Corey Ledington (3-for-4) each collected three hits, while Austin Combs (2-for-3), Vorbeck (2-for-3) and Andrew Jones (2-for-4) came through with two hits apiece.
After the win, Ledington said he was extremely happy with the effort and the way his team hit the ball during the win.
“We hit the ball real well today,” Ledington said. “Seventeen hits, with two grand slams by Nick (Vorbeck), and 16 runs is a really good day at the plate.
“Jackson County’s pitching was just as comparable as some of the other guys that we’ve faced, we just squared it up today and hit it,” he added. “We’re just going to keep grinding at it and try to keep hitting the ball and try to play well against teams like South Laurel and North Laurel. Just keep trying to improve.”
With the surplus of runs provided by his offense, Corbin starter Jake Metzger worked virtually stress free and it showed. Metzger gave up one hit through four innings of work with five strikeouts to show for his effort. Keaton Burton pitched a scoreless fifth and final inning for the Redhounds to seal the win.
Corbin struck for five runs in the first inning, including the first of Vornbeck’s long balls, and four more in the second to grab a 9-0 lead after two innings.
The Redhounds scored two more in the third and one in the fourth inning to extend the gap to 12-0 at the end of four innings.
The first three batters reached to start the fifth inning, loading the bases for Vorbeck as he connected for his second grand slam of the game to make the lead 16-0.
Jackson County threatened in the bottom of the fifth inning, putting runners on first and second, but Burton pitched his way out of the jam to end the game.
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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