, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

May 14, 2013

Walk-off winner

Ninth-inning sac-fly sends Cards to win over Knox Central

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

SOUTH LAUREL —South Laurel’s 1-0 win over Knox Central Monday had all the elements of a postseason nail-biter.

Both pitchers were on their game as evident by a scoreless game through six-and-a-half innings.

Both teams played nearly flawless defense as South Laurel only committed one error, which was actually by the Cardinals’ pitcher on a botched pickoff play.

Both teams managed to put runners in scoring position in the final inning, with South Laurel coming through thanks to a sacrifice fly by Joe Gaines to end the game.

Afterward, both coaches agreed the game had the feel of something more than a run-of-the-mill game at the tail end of the regular season.

“This game felt like a region championship game to me,” Knox Central coach Brandon Hillard said. “You’ve got two teams that played flawless defense, backing up two pitchers that were at their best tonight and that’s all you can say.

“We lost the game, but I told my kids before they even got off the field to not even think about hanging their heads,” he added. “We played well and to be honest, I’ll take a fly-ball to Jake Nelson every time with a guy coming from third to score, but it just so happened that one was hit a little too deep to make the play on.”

The fly-ball Hillard spoke of was the game-winning sacrifice fly by Joe Gaines, which came with the bases loaded and allowed Tucker Martin to score as the throw by Nelson came up short.

South Laurel coach Wynn Harris echoed Hillard’s sentiments on the quality of baseball played by both teams, giving equal credit to both pitchers as well as the defense.

“I’m not sure what that kid's name is, but he pitched a heck of a game,” Harris said of Knox Central’s Drew Mills. “Both teams played really good defense, but we were able to get that run in at the end and get the win.

“This is a good win because it shows that we’re able to win these close, low-scoring games, as opposed to the ones where you have a big inning and break things open,” he added. “These are the kind of games you have to win in district, region and state tournaments if you’re able to make it that far.”

The two teams left a combined 13 runners on base by the time the game was over, with the Cardinals leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth after loading them with one out.

Mills worked his way out of trouble by getting South Laurel’s Matt Slavey and Austin Moore to fly out.

The Panthers threatened to score in the top of the seventh when Casey Patterson singled and advanced to second when the Cardinals’ Matt Slavey walked Evan Lay to put runners on first and second. Trevor Sanborn couldn’t come through though as he lined out to shortstop Alex Sears to end the inning.

Zach Allen led off the bottom of the seventh with a long single off the left field wall and after Brennan Miller flied out, Trey Martin and Trent Abner singled to load the bases.

Gaines connected with the first pitch he saw as Tucker Martin was able to tag up and score the winning run.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0725 BARGER FOR WEB.jpg Ready to Reload

    Even though Knox Central head football coach Scottie Russell has seen the departure of two of the program’s best tailbacks due to graduation in the past two years, he isn’t concerned.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shelton was a hero by any definition

    The word hero is used a little too loosely for my taste these days.
    To be honest, it’s been used way too much for a long time and I’m just as guilty as the next guy.

    July 25, 2014

  • 0724 HANNAH HART THROW FOR WEB.jpg Out With A Bang

    Corbin’s Chris and Hannah Hart ended their Redhound softball careers together, but the duo went out with a bang, each representing Corbin on the Kentucky All Star squad in a three-game series against the Tennessee All Stars.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0724 KY EXPRESS TEAM for web.jpg Express finishes fourth in USSSA World Series

    The Kentucky Express participated in the USSSA World Seriers against teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and New York.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0721 CORBIN GROUP FOR WEB.jpg What A Run!

    The Corbin Little League All Stars put together an impressive run to the 2014 Little League State Tournament, but all good things must come to an end.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0707 NORTH 11-12s FOR WEB.jpg Fun While It Lasted

    The North Laurel 11-12 year-old All-Stars finished their trip in Central Region play by dropping a 15-0 decision to Missouri’s Webb City Little League.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Knox County put together gutsy run to state

    The Knox County 11-year-old All Stars came in to Monday’s contest with Owensboro Southern knowing that the winner would move on to the semifinals of the state tournament.

    July 23, 2014

  • 0707 NORTH 11-12s FOR WEB.jpg End of the Line

    Recil Jones’ North Laurel 11-12 year-old All-Stars finished their stay in the Central Region Tournament with an 0-3 record after dropping a 9-4 decision to Wisconsin state champion Franklin Little League.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
SEC Times-Tribune