WILLIAMSBURG — The Corbin Redhounds showed why they are the defending 13th Region champions by upending South Laurel, 15-3, during Monday’s semifinal action of the 50th District Tournament.

The win assured Corbin (23-9) a trip to the 13th Region Tournament while facing off against Whitley County Tuesday in the 50th District title game.

“Jeremiah (Gilbert) set the tone in the top of the first and then the rest of the team took care of the rest,” Corbin coach Cody Philpot said. “Everyone contributed and played well. It’s always an accomplishment to advance to the region out of this district and we don’t take that for granted.”

The Redhounds wasted little time of taking control of Monday’s game against the Cardinals (20-15).

Corbin scored 10 runs in the first inning and never looked back during the win. The Redhounds led 12-0 before South Laurel scored its first run in the top of the fourth.

Philpot’s squad added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the game away.

Jeremiah Gilbert picked up the win, allowing six hits and three earned runs in five innings while striking out four batters.

Walker Landrum turned in one of his best efforts of the season at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a home run, four RBI, and four runs scored.

Jacob Baker finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored while Cameron Combs had two hits and four RBI.

Kade Elam finished with a hit, two RBI, and two runs scored while Cam Estep finished with a hit and a run scored.

Bradric Helton scored three times while Mikey Neal scored once.

Hunter Bundy continued to swing a hot bat for South Laurel, finishing with two hits, two RBI, and one run scored while Ayden Smith drove in a run.

Will Alsip and Vincent Sizemore each had a hit apiece while Jack Vaughn and Waylon Hensley each had a hit and a run scored apiece.

South Laurel committed four errors defensively, and used four pitchers in the game, as they combined to allow 10 hits and five earned runs. They also combined to strike out five batters.

Thursday’s Game

South Laurel coach Trey Smith’s strategy of using five different pitchers to keep Rockcastle County’s bats at bay worked to perfection on Thursday during the Cardinals’ 3-0 win on Senior Night.

Bryson Ray, Waylon Hensley, Ashton Garland, Keaton Creech, and Cole Harville combined to pitch seven innings while allowing only five hits and striking out seven batters.

Ray got the win, tossing two innings while striking out three batters. Harville got the save, tossing an inning while allowing a hit and finishing with a strikeout.

“Tonight was a great team win on Senior Night,” South Laurel coach Trey Smith said. “My seniors are a great group of leaders. I appreciate all the work they have put in over the last four years. Also, great pitching performance by Bryson Ray, Waylon Hensley, Ashton Garland, Keaton Creech, and Cole Harville to complete the shutout.”

Ayden Smith had a big game at the plate for the Cardinals (19-14), connecting on a home run while finishing with two hits, two RBI, and one run scored.

Hensley had two hits and an RBI while Hunter Bundy, Will Alsip, Vincent Sizemore, and Harville each delivered a hit apiece. Garland scored a run in the win.

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