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July 14, 2014

Corbin is state bound

Corbin advances to state tournament play with 8-2 win over Hazard/Perry

CORBIN — Corbin coach Dan Hash and his assistant coaches had a great plan entering this year's Little League post-season play. He felt like his team could power its way and make a run at a state title, and so far, so good.

The Corbin 11-12 year-old All-Stars continued their power hitting dominance again Sunday, connecting with two round trippers, during their 8-2 win over Hazard/Perry while claiming the District 4 championship in the process.

“Since we started, we wanted to identify the importance of baseball habits and these guys were learning some good baseball habits, they had some, and they were getting better at that,” Corbin coach Dan Hash said.

“We wanted to set an identity, and that was a, pound the baseball, kind of team, and I think we set the tone with that,” he added. “(Our) defensive play was really solid and our chemistry was really good. We give the glory for what happened here to God. He knew what was going to happen in this game before it was even played. We've been talking about that just as much as baseball. These guys knew that they've been given a lot of talent and they've been given a lot of skills and now they've been given a lot of opportunities, and we were blessed. We were blessed to be able to stand up to those challenges that we faced and we were blessed to win. We played a lot of good teams along the way, by no means are we done. We’re going to keep trying to create good baseball habits, and maybe things will work out for us, and we’ll go a long way.”

Corbin has connected with 19 home runs since Little League post-season play began on June 28, which includes Cameron Allen’s team-best fifth today while Zac Hash’s three-run shot in the fifth inning gave his team some extra insurance.

Combine the home runs along with an impressive pitching effort by Allen (allowed no hits in five innings of work while striking out eight batters) on the mound, and now Corbin will be playing in the State Tournament Saturday in Bowling Green.

After dropping a 13-5 decision to Clay County on June 30, Corbin faced seven straight elimination games, but never seemed deterred. Dan Hash's squad fought its way through the District 4 Tournament’s loser’s bracket and outscored its opponents 86-17 during its run to the District 4 title.

Corbin jumped on Hazard/Perry early by scoring two runs in the first inning, and the game remained at 2-0 until the fourth inning when Dan Hash's squad added some breathing room with three runs, as Boston Hardesty delivered a two-run double to give his team a 5-0 edge.

A home run by Allen, and a three-run homer by Zac Hash in the bottom of the fifth inning allowed Corbin to put the finishing touches on the win.

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