South Laurel, Corbin top seeds
Jaden Dople hit a home run in last week's win over Barbourville.
The 50th District Softball Tournament will begin at the Corbin High School Softball Complex Monday with Williamsburg taking on South Laurel at 5:30 p.m., followed by Corbin and Whitley County at 8 p.m.
The South Laurel Lady Cardinals are the tournament favorite after going 6-0 in district play and outscoring the three teams, 61-6. The Lady Cardinals owned a 13-game win streak until a loss to Boyle County, 3-2 snapped the streak. They are 21-6 on the season.
East All-Stars Amber Hyde and Hagan Burns have led the Lady Cardinals. Hyde, a senior, who catches and plays the outfield, hits with a lot of power.
Burns is a junior pitcher that has a record on the mound of 10-1.
Seniors Cassandra Johnson, Megan Smith and Chelsea Wemes have been impact players for the Lady Cardinals.
Williamsburg started the season losing 12 of their first 14 games, but have quietly won four of their last nine. They defeated Monticello twice, Lynn Camp and Pineville.
The Lady Jackets of Coach Maggie Jackson has pulled together a competitive team with the likes of seniors Carissa Conlin, Whitney Barnes, Courtney Lawson, Kayleigh Lawson, Megan Lawson and Rachel Sasko.
Williamsburg will close out the regular season at Berea Thursday and at home against Jackson County Friday.
The nightcap Monday will be a battle between district rivals Corbin, the second-seed and Whitley County, the three-seed.
The Lady Redhounds have won both meetings this season. Corbin won at Whitley County, 10-0 and took a 6-2 win at home last week.
Corbin is on a three-game win streak after beating the Lady Colonels, Middlesboro (4-3) and Bell County (15-0) Monday night.
Coach Chris Hart depends heavily on his daughter, Hannah. She is the team’s leader on offense and is the pitcher for the Lady Redhounds. However, juniors Lindsey Barton, Kelly Farley and Whitley Gatliff have been impact players this season and are capable of having big games.
Sophomores Katie Bernardo, Sydney Reynolds and Callie Schoolcraft can supply big roles for the Lady Redhounds.
Corbin is looking to get back to their sixth straight regional tournament. The last time the Lady Redhounds failed to make the trip was in 2007 when they lost a first-round game to Whitley Co.
After the loss of several key seniors and a number of players didn’t return for various reasons, the Lady Colonels have struggled this season. Coach Amanda Moses’ team is 9-16 beginning the final week of regular season play.
The Lady Colonels have struggled with a pair of young pitchers. Junior Rebecca Martin and sophomore Codie Thacker had very little experience coming into the 2013 season, but have shown tremendous improvement.
Senior Jaden Dopel has been the glue that kept the Lady Colonels from hitting rock bottom. Dopel has had a strong arm and a quick bat in leading the Lady Colonels in most of the offensive stats.
Juniors Alexa Chaffman and Amber Lawson have looked solid at times in leading the Lady Colonels defense.
Whitley County has won five of their last eight games with the three losses being extremely close and winnable games. The Lady Colonels lost at Harlan Saturday, 6-1. They defeated Bell County, 8-7 and Barbourville 15-5 in a double header Thursday night.
The championship game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
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