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May 14, 2014

Doubled Up

North Laurel takes series opener from Redhounds, 4-2

CORBIN — By John Stepp For The Times Tribune  

CORBIN — In the first of a three-game series, the North Laurel Jaguars came away with a 4-2 victory over the Corbin Redhounds in 13th Region baseball action.  

Neither team has shied away from tough competition late in the year and this series was another example of that. Both head into next week's district tournaments as the top seeds in their district, and playing each other serves as a final tune up before the real season begins.  

“The thing I like about it is that it gives you that Major League and college atmosphere and it allows you to play against tough region teams who are close,” Corbin coach Rob Ledington said. “This absolutely gets us ready for the postseason. No one remembers your record in the regular season, they just remember how well you did in the postseason.”  

After a 15-0 loss to Southwestern on Monday, Ledington was pleased with how well his team played against the Jaguars, despite the 4-2 loss.  

“We played well tonight. I was upset last night because we didn't have the intensity level we needed to be a good ball club,” Ledington said. “Tonight, we hit the ball well off two very good pitchers. We competed to the end. I'm not disappointed with how we played tonight.”  

North Laurel wasted little time getting on the board. Ethan Maxey led the game off with a double and scored three batters later on a single from senior Austin Thompson, giving the Jaguars an early 1-0 lead.  

Neither team was able to score in the second and third innings, but North Laurel added three more runs in the top of the fourth. Jack Capobianco reached base on a single and a double by Wes Griebel brought him home, to put the Jaguars up 2-0. Griebel scored on a double by Zach Hurley and Hurley would come home on a Corbin error, helping North Laurel to a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.  

“This was a very close game. I haven't got to really see Corbin this year, but they have a nice ball club. This was a good win for us,” North Laurel coach Darren McWhorter said. “A few plays made the difference in the game and we were glad to come away with the win tonight.”  

Corbin rallied in the bottom of the fourth inning. Austin Combs and Nick Vorbeck both reached base on singles and were able to score, cutting the North Laurel lead to 4-2.  

That would be the end to the Redhounds' scoring as North Laurel's defense held Corbin without a run in the final three innings.  

“We were kind of lucky to get some of the runs we really got. We caught some breaks and were fortunate enough to get a win against a really good team,” McWhorter said. “We've played some good teams here lately and came up on the short end of the stick, and for us to come here and get a win is always good going into the last games of the season.”  

With the win, North Laurel improved to 22-10 on the season, while Corbin fell to 15-13. The teams will face each other again Thursday at North Laurel.

 

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