TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
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.