By Chris Parsons/Staff Writer
CORBIN — The South Laurel Lady Cardinals completed a 50th District sweep Tuesday, cruising past Corbin, 12-4, on the road.
The Lady Cardinals finish district play with a perfect 6-0 mark after beating Corbin, Whitley County and Williamsburg twice each.
South Laurel jumped out to an early lead, scoring eight runs in the first three innings, but couldn’t close the game out. Lady Cardinals’ head coach James Burns said he would take the win, but he wasn’t very happy with the play of his team.
“That’s what happens when you come not focused,” Burns said. “You make a bunch of errors and you go through the motions, but luckily they made a few more errors than we did.
“Honestly, we didn’t play that good, but Megan Smith pitched an awesome game for us,” he added. “We made five errors in a row in one inning, three of those on caught balls that just came out of their gloves, so we were not focused at all.”
As for the Lady Redhounds, after starter Hannah Hart gave up eight runs (four unearned) on six hits through three innings, head coach Chris Hart switched things up by putting Christian Carpenter in to pitch. Carpenter went the final four innings for Corbin, giving up four runs on seven hits. Hart was charged with the loss.
Afterward, Chris Hart said the change was more of a preventative measure than anything else, but gave Carpenter credit for a solid effort.
“We just didn’t want to give them another round at Hannah (Hart), so we let Christian get in and face some batters,” coach Hart said. “She did a good job of keeping them off balance with some slower stuff, so give her credit for that.”
Brittany Vandeventer led the way for South Laurel with a pair of RBIs in a 3-for-5 effort at the plate. Chelsey Wemes was 2-for-3, while Smith and Hagan Burns were both 2-for-4.
The Lady Redhounds had as many hits as they did runs in the game as Hannah Hart led the way, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Lindsey Barton and Whitley Gatliff had the only other hits for Corbin.
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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