By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — Following Friday’s 9-3 win over Middlesboro in the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic, Williamsburg head coach John Mountjoy said coming in he felt like his team was ready to play.
As it turned out, they proved him right when Williamsburg won their fourth game in as many days, capturing its first 13th Region All ‘A’ Championship since 2007.
Ethan Wilson earned the win for the Yellow Jackets, going six innings on the mound and 2-4 at the plate with a run scored and two RBI.
After the game, Mountjoy talked about the win and the mindset of Williamsburg coming into the game.
“I’ve been here for a few years before I was head coach and to be honest, we’ve lost to this Middlesboro team more times than I think our kids care to remember,” Mountjoy said. “I think they overlooked us and really didn’t expect us to play with them, but I give my kids all the credit.
“They came in and hit the ball like they have all season so far and that’s all you can ask for,” he added. “Ethan did a good job for us on the mound and he just kept making them beat the ball into the ground. Our kids made the plays behind him and when you can do that, it’s a good combination.”
Williamsburg took an early lead when Wilson singled in a run, scoring Jon Teague to make the score 1-0.
Mountjoy’s squad struck for three more in the second inning, which was highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of catcher Micah Purdie to push the lead to 4-1 after two innings.
The Yellow Jackets scored three more runs in the third as Purdie connected for his second hit of the game, driving in his third RBI to help push the gap to 7-1 at the end of the third inning.
Williamsburg plated its final two runs of the game in the fourth inning on back-to-back RBI singles off the bats of Dalton Peace and Chris Sawyers, pushing the gap to 9-1.
Middlesboro managed to get a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning off Teague, who came in to relieve Wilson, but it wasn’t enough as Williamsburg held on for the win to improve to 7-0 on the season as they get set to move on to the All ‘A’ Sectionals next week. The Yellow Jackets will be back in action today at 1 p.m. as they host Berea.
Williamsburg wins first all 'a' region title since 2007
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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