Special to The Sentinel-Echo
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
HARLAN—Coming into the 11 year old District 4 Tournament, all the talk was centered around North Laurel and Knox County. Many believed these were the two best teams in the tournament.
Many except the Corbin All-Stars.
Corbin raced out to a 5-0 lead Tuesday night en route to an 11-3 win over North Laurel. That loss, along with North’s win over Knox County in the opening round, has the two favorites now in the loser’s bracket and only one loss away from elimination.
Corbin collected 11 hits, led by catcher Garnett Chandler with a double and two singles. Ben Phillips added a double and single. Cade Worley singled twice. Ethan Wine had one double. Stephen Manon, Cade Cooney and Jacob Gardner contributed one single each.
Cooney was solid on the mound through four innings to earn the win, giving up three runs on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Zach Hash pitched two shutout innings in relief, giving up two hits.
Corbin wasted no time setting the tone for the game with four hits and a walk against North Laurel starter Ty Baker. Cornett singled, Chandler walked and Stephen Manon singled to produce the first run. Phillips singled home another run and Wine doubled home two to knock out Baker.
With the loss, North Laurel was scheduled to face South London Wednesday night, while Knox Central beat Middlesboro. If North beat South, the two would face each other last night in a rematch of the first game and elimination for the loser. Corbin was scheduled to face Harlan last night in the winner’s bracket finals.
In opening round action, North Laurel gained a little revenge in the rematch Monday from last year’s 9-10 year old championship game Monday night at Harlan in the opening round of the District 4 Tournament for 11-year-olds, edging Knox County 3-2.
“We knew when we got here, from prior years, that it would be a dogfight,” North Laurel coach Jason Van Hook said. “We’re just glad to come out on top like we did.”
Colby Howard earned the win, limiting Knox County to four hits and two runs over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two. Tye Howard secured the save as he recorded the final two outs with the potential tying run on base after Howard reached his pitch limit.
Middlesboro broke open a close game with a six-run third inning on the way to a 14-4 win in five innings over South London in the opening game of the tournament. Jabari Kyle and Sebastian Wagner each had two singles to lead Middlesboro. David Kyle added one single.
Jabari Kyle pitched two innings. London Stephney pitched one inning. Bradon Ausmus closed the game, giving up one run in two innings.
Cameron Allen and Alec Johnson each had singles for the only South London hits.