By Les Dixon
SOUTH LAUREL — The South Laurel Lady Cardinals ended the game against Whitley County the way they began — hitting home runs.
Amber Hyde’s three-run shot in the first inning gave her a team a 3-0 edge while Megan Smith’s two-run blast in the bottom of the sixth inning, sealed the deal for the Lady Cardinals, as South Laurel cruised to an easy 11-1 win over the Lady Colonels.
“We hit the ball really well,” South Laurel coach James Burns said. “Hagan (Burns) pitched well, but we made too many errors.
“So far we’re playing pretty good,” he added. “I’m interested in seeing a close game and seeing how we react — Scott County will be a good test.”
The win improves South Laurel to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in 50th District play, as they have outscored their opponents this season, 44-1.
The Lady Cardinals pounded out 16 hits against Whitley County’s pitching and now has 46 hits during their first three games.
Hagan Burns picked up the win on the mound, striking out nine batters while allowing one hit and one unearned run.
By Les Dixon
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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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