By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
CORBIN — The Corbin 11 & 12-year-old All-Stars looked like they were going to cruise to an easy win Wednesday after jumping out to an 11-1 lead, but Tri-City managed to score seven runs in the third inning before Chad Estep’s squad managed to pull out a 21-11 win.
Just when everyone thought Tri-City was going to make it a ballgame, Corbin exploded for seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to put the game out of reach.
The win sets up a loser’s bracket showdown today with North Laurel, who suffered a 9-1 loss to the Knox County All-Stars during the winner’s bracket final Thursday.
Corbin and North Laurel met up last week in the Area 2 Tournament with Chad Estep’s Corbin squad dropping an 11-1 decision, but Corbin has reeled off four straight wins since the loss while outscoring its opponents 58-15 during the process. Corbin’s 21-run output marks the third time during postseason play they’ve scored at least 20 runs.
Corbin jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, as Chase Estep led the game off with a hit and that’s when the fireworks began to go off.
Noah Taylor scored Corbin’s first run thanks to a wild pitch while two more runs scored on wild pitches. Mays’ run-scoring triple gave his team a comfortable 4-0 edge going into the bottom of the first.
Tri-City managed to score one run off of Corbin, but Chad Estep’s squad put the game away by scoring six more runs in the top of the second inning while seeing their lead grow to 10-1.
Taylor drove in a run during the inning with a single while the other runs were scored thanks to passed balls and fielder’s choices.
Corbin’s lead grew to 11-1 in the third inning after Josh Hash hit a sacrifice fly which scored Chase Estep.
Tri-City answered for seven runs in the bottom of the third inning to cut its deficit to 11-8, but Corbin came back and built on its 12-9 lead in the top of the fifth inning by scoring seven runs of its won.
Sam Gilbert’s two-run double highlighted the inning while Nate Steely drove in a run with a single to centerfield. Devon Sams also drove in a run with a double to left centerfield, as Corbin led 19-9 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Tri-City added two runs in the fifth inning, but couldn’t get any closer.
Chase Estep led Corbin with three hits and three runs scored while also driving in a run. Four Corbin players (Taylor, Grant Gibson, Josh Hash and Brendan Henigar) each collected two hits apiece. Henigar led Corbin with a three-RBI effort while Mays, Sams, Hash and Steely each drove in two runs apiece.
Corbin uses seven-run fifth inning to knock off Tri-City 21-11
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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