By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
SOUTH LAUREL — With less than a week remaining in the regular season, South Laurel coach James Burns is starting to have some concerns.
The Lady Cardinals’ struggles at the plate continued during Tuesday’s 6-4 win over Middlesboro, a team the Lady Cardinals beat earlier in the season in three innings, 18-0.
“We didn’t play like we wanted to be here tonight,” Burns said. “I thought this was the worst we’ve played all year.
“There is a lot that played into it, though,” he added. “It was senior night and we have finals and honestly, this is just a tough week.”
South Laurel (22-6) jumped out to a 5-1 lead after a three-run homer by Cassandra Johnson, but the Lady Yellow Jackets rallied late to make a game of it.
“If it wasn’t for Madyson Morris making a nice play in the seventh inning, the game would have been tied,” Burns said. “The big thing is that we’re just struggling. We’re not playing good right now.
“I told the girls I’m worried,” he added. “We’ve got to get our hitting fixed and we’re going straight to the tees tomorrow. We’re dropping our hands and popping the ball up.”
The Lady Cardinals have three game remaining in regular season play — a home game against Southwestern Thursday and a doubleheader against Estill County on Friday.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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