By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer
The Corbin Redhounds continue to roll as they put together a near flawless defensive game to go along with some solid hitting in a 11-1 win over Williamsburg in six innings.
Corbin swept 50th District series action by winning the nightcap over the Yellow Jackets, 16-6.
The Redhounds wrapped up the No. 1 seed by winning all three series, while going 6-1 against district competition in the process.
“We didn't have an error,” Corbin coach Rob Ledington said after his team’s 11-1 win. “They put the ball in play, we just played solid defense. I think that is the first time this year that we didn't have an error.”
Williamsburg had no problem putting the ball in play as the Redhounds’ Ben Jones continued to throw strikes. He only walked one batter on the night.
“He just doesn’t walk people,” Ledington said. “He had one walk and that's one more than he usually has. He threw strikes all night and that's his ticket to fame. When you throw strikes, you don't beat yourself.”
The Yellow Jackets took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but it turned out to be the only run they could push across as they left the bases loaded twice. Spencer Brown and CeeJay Jones singled, before Cody Perkins drove in the lone run.
“We left too many runners on base,” Williamsburg coach Don Stricklin said. “We just have to get those runners in. When we hit the ball, we hit it right back to the pitcher.”
Josh Coppock got Corbin started with a double to lead off the second inning and scored on a pick off attempt at third as the ball got away from the Williamsburg fielder to tie the game at 1-1.
Ben House led off the third inning with a double and scored on an RBI single by Trace Vorbeck for the 2-0 Redhound advantage. Vorbeck caught the Yellow Jackets sleeping and stole home to give Corbin a 3-0 lead.
The Redhounds added two runs in the fourth inning on a single by Ryan Clouse. An RBI double by Coppock in the fifth inning gave Corbin a 6-1 advantage.
The Redhounds added six runs in the sixth inning to blow the game open. House scored two runs on a double for the 9-1 lead and two more runs scored on a home run by Cody Duncum for the 11-1 lead. A sacrifice fly by Vin Hoover put Corbin on top 12-1.
“We hit the ball well,” Ledington said. “Cody has been playing well. He stands out above everybody in our district game. He has shown great leadership.”
The Redhounds will host the No. 1 team in the state, Lexington Catholic, today at 6 p.m. Ledington is excited about the challenge his team will face.
“We are excited about playing a top-notch team like Lexington Catholic,” he said. “I just hope everyone comes out and supports us. It will be a true test to see where our team is at against the top team in the state.”