By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
LEXINGTON — North Laurel’s Logan Mallory stepped on the mound during Thursday’s game against Whitley County at Whitaker Bank Ballpark and shined by pitching the Jaguars past the region’s hottest team, 5-1.
Mallory turned in a complete game effort, while allowing only one hit and one unearned run and finishing the game with seven strikeouts.
“This was a just a good game,” North Laurel coach Darrin McWhorter said. “Both teams made some good plays and both team’s pitchers pitched great. It should have been a 2-1 game really, but we were able to score three runs on an error.
“I thought Logan pitched a very good game,” he added. “He’s turned in solid efforts during the past three or four outings he’s had. The (Alex) Rose kid pitched well, too. It was just a well played game overall.”
The Jaguars struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning and held the slim edge until the top of the fifth when an error allowed the Colonels to tie the game at one apiece.
North Laurel answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 edge while putting the game away in the bottom of the sixth with three runs.
“It was a 2-1 game with two outs in the sixth inning and we dropped a fly ball and they were able to score three runs,” Whitley County coach Kyle Adams said. “We made a few mistakes and they cost us, but overall, it was a great opportunity for the kids and I thought it was a great game to watch.”
University of Kentucky signee Marcus Carson went 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks and three runs scored, while Weston Griebel, Ethan Maxey and Zach Hurley each had a hit and drove in a run apiece.
Whitley County’s Tilmon Jackson had his team’s lone hit of the contest while Alex Rose took the loss on the mound, allowing only two earned runs on four hits while striking out eight batters.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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.
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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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