By Chris Parsons/Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets’ run towards the All ‘A’ Tournament at Whitaker Bank Ballpark came to an abrupt end Tuesday in the form of a 21-1 loss to Hazard.
Though the Yellow Jackets trailed 9-1 in the fifth inning, a 12-run inning by Hazard put the home team away for good.
After the loss, Williamsburg coach John Mountjoy said the loss was a disappointing one to say the least, but gave credit to Hazard for its effort.
“We struggled at the plate against a pretty good lefthander, so we really couldn’t get anything going,” Mountjoy said. “We made a pitching change and brought in Jon Teague, but they were just hitting everything we threw at them.”
After having the game pushed back on several occasions, the Yellow Jackets may have fallen victim to a lack of focus. Mountjoy said if the team had played as well as it had earlier in the season, the game may have been a competitive one.
“We were really hot at one point of the season, so if we had played coming out of our game against Middlesboro, we would have probably had a good chance,” Mountjoy said. “We’re going through a stretch right now where we’re just not doing some things we’re supposed to be doing.”
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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