Girls Top 5
1. North Laurel Lady Jaguars (1-0)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Jaguars won their season-opener by knocking off Somerset at home with ease, 12-1. Pitcher Megan Baldwin was in mid-season form by allowing only two hits while striking out nine batters.
Surprise, surprise: The Lady Jaguars are ranked fifth in the state and deservedly so. North Laurel has a chance to have a special season this year, but will be tested Thursday at home against Corbin.
2. South Laurel Lady Cardinals (1-0)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Cardinals are ranked in the state’s top 25 poll, too, and deservedly so. People tend to forget about James Burns’ squad, but South Laurel has the talent to make a deep run in the postseason.
Surprise, surprise: Amber Hyde’s three hit, four RBI effort against Middlesboro played a big part in the Lady Cardinals’ season-opening 18-0 win over Middlesboro. Pitcher Hagen Burns also turned in a solid effort on the mound, allowing only two hits while striking out five batters.
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3. Corbin Lady Redhounds (1-0)
What’s the scoop: Keep an eye on Chris Hart’s team. They’re gonna contend as well. They have one of the best pitchers in the region in Hannah Hart and a solid nucleus of players.
4. Harlan Lady Green Dragons (2-2)
What’s the scoop: This is where things get iffy right now. I feel pretty confident with the top three teams, but the final two, I’m just not 100 percent sure. The Lady Green Dragons already have two impressive wins over region teams (Barbourville and Williamsburg).
5. Harlan County Lady Black Bears (0-1)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Black Bears dropped a 10-7 decision to Jenkins, but I still believe in the long run Harlan County will be a tough team to beat.
Boys Top 5
1. South Laurel Cardinals (10-2)
What’s the scoop: The defending 13th Region champions are off to a fantastic start at 4-0. The Cardinals have beaten some pretty good teams so far in Southwestern and Powell County.
Surprise, surprise: Pitching, pitching, pitching — that’s one thing South Laurel has a lot of. The Cardinals have allowed only four runs so far this season.
2. Harlan County Black Bears (5-2)
What’s the scoop: The Black Bears are off to a great start and should be one of the top contenders in the region this season.
Surprise, surprise: Harlan County has shown it can hit the ball with power. The Black Bears have scored 44 runs during their first seven games this season.
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3. North Laurel Jaguars (2-2)
What’s the scoop: The Jaguars are a talented squad and will be tough to beat by season’s end. They basically have a new group of fielders in the infield, but once they settle in, North Laurel will be tough to beat.
4. Corbin Redhounds (1-0)
What’s the scoop: The Redhounds won their season-opener against Knox Central on the road. Corbin will be a team to keep an eye on this season for sure.
5. Middlesboro Yellow Jackets (2-1)
What’s the scoop: The Yellow Jackets started the season with two wins over Cumberland Gap, Tenn., but dropped a 10-8 decision to North Laurel this past week. They are another team that will get better as the season progresses.
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Boys’ and girls’ All-Star tourney bracket schedule
Little League All-Star action begins next weekend with the girls starting with the 9-10 year-old and 11-12 year-old divisions while boys action will begin a couple of days later.
The Search is On
Former Lynn Camp Wildcat basketball coach and current Lynn Camp assistant principal, Anthony Pennington, has taken the bull by the horns, so to speak, and is ready to find a new replacement for former coach Clyde Dixon, who retired a couple of weeks ago.
The Final Four
The stage is set for today’s championship double-header as the Corbin Little League will decide its Little League and Minor League Tournament champions.
There are a lot of things I need to ramble about
Most would believe with the high school sports’ seasons coming to an end last week that there isn’t much to talk about with summer here. Well, they’re wrong and you guys know me, I always have something to ramble about and, yes, I do have some things to ramble about.
Corbin’s Pietrowski, staff, still in evaluation mode
The Corbin Redhounds are coming off one of the most surprising seasons of any team in the 13th Region after finishing 24-7 overall.
Davis hoping Cards continue to improve during summer ball
The South Laurel Cardinals struggled early last season thanks to a rash of injuries early on in the season, the biggest being that of starting point guard Blake Sanders.
Putting on a Show
After being pushed back a day due to inclement weather, the Corbin Little League Tournament got underway Tuesday with three games on the schedule.
Fear 'Les' Diamond Ratings
The Lady Cardinals turned in one of their better seasons and captured their first 13th Region championship dating back to 2006.
Twice as Nice
The more things change, the more things stay the same. Case in point – Corbin’s Hannah Hart being named the Class 2A Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
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