LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A two-out error in the top of the eighth inning allowed Corbin to score the eventual winning run and sweep the three game series from South Laurel, 3-1.
“Our execution wasn’t there,” South Laurel coach Wynn Harris said. “We bunted the ball back to the pitcher, missed signs, had a runner on second and couldn’t get him to third. That’s the game of baseball.”
For the Cardinals, it was their fourth loss in a row.
“Our offense is stagnant,” Harris said. “We haven’t given up that many runs during this losing streak. Our pitching has been there. Tonight Trey (Martin) made just one mistake.”
That mistake was a solo home run to Taylor Combs in the sixth inning to tie the game at 1-1. Other than that, Martin was masterful in his seven innings of work. He allowed one run on three hits while striking out 10.
The game was still tied 1-1 heading into the top of the eighth inning, where Zach Allen took over on the mound for the Cardinals. After he retired the first two batters, Taylor Combs singled to left. Austin Combs then grounded to short, where Martin fielded the ball but his throw to Daniel Neal at first sailed over Neal’s head, which allowed Taylor Combs to score to give Corbin (11-8) a 2-1 lead. A single by Nick Vorbeck drove home Tanner Barnes, who was running for Austin Combs for Corbin’s third run.
“We played well,” Corbin coach Rob Ledington said. “I’m proud of them. South Laurel is a good ball club and for us to sweep them in this three game series I can’t say enough about our players.”
The Cardinals (14-6) had their chances in the game, leaving seven runners stranded, including leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the third. South finally broke through in the fourth thanks to a Corbin error.
Braden Miller led off the inning with a single. Taylor Morris reached on an error by pitcher Austin Combs, and Tucker Martin came in to run for the South catcher. Combs then retired the next two batters, bringing Derek Spurlock to the plate. Corbin catcher Austin O’Neil then threw the ball back to Combs but his throw was errant and the ball got past Combs, allowing Miller to score from third for the 1-0 lead.
Harris doesn’t think his team felt any pressure in losing the series to the Redhounds.
“Pressure is all perceived,” Harris said. “If you are going to be the team you want to be you have to handle pressure. We are in a major funk the last four games and it’s not been for a lack of effort. They are fighting to try and get the offense going. There may be pressure to play they way they are capable of offensively. We’ve got to figure something out.”
“We did what we always do, good pitching and defense,” Ledington said. “That and we got some timely hits.” He also praised Corbin’s fan base, and his player’s parents, for their contribution. “That’s our hidden secret.”
The Cardinals are scheduled to travel to Williamsburg tonight then host the Yellowjackets Tuesday in key 50th District games.