Despite Vorbeck home runs, Corbin falls to PSW
Trace Vorbeck nearly gets hit by a Southwestern pitcher in Monday's loss to the Warriors.
After winning their first two baseball games of the season, the Corbin Redhounds are on a three-game losing skid. The Redhounds lost at Wayne County Saturday, 10-9 and lost at home to Pulaski Southwestern, 11-4 Monday night.
Southwestern (3-2) broke open the game in the top of the sixth when they scored six runs on three hits, two walks and three Corbin errors.
The game was close until that point and Corbin actually led through the first four innings thanks to back-to-back home runs by senior shortstop Trace Vorbeck.
Corbin (2-3) took a 2-0 lead in the game in the bottom of the first inning when Brady Foley doubled to center field with one out. Vorbeck followed with a home run over the center field fence for the two-run lead.
The Warriors rallied with two outs in the top of the second when Stewart Russell and Elijah Hainey had back-to-back singles. However, Jacob Burchett, was retired by Vorbeck in a close play to first to end the inning.
Southwestern got on the scoreboard in the top of the third when Logan Starnes hit a single just over the out-reached glove of Vorbeck. Zack Turpin followed with a slow roller back to the mound that was mishandled and Bradley Logsdon drew a one-out walk to load the bases.
Ricky Shepherd came up with an RBI single to score Starnes and pull the Warriors within a run.
The Redhounds missed on an opportunity to add runs to its lead when Foley hit a single then stole second with Vorbeck at the plate. Foley was picked off at second, then on the next pitch Vorbeck sent another ball over the fence as Corbin took a 3-1 lead.
The Warriors came back with a run in the top of the fourth when Dusty Phelps hit a two-out single up the middle then scored on a Turpin hit to right field.
Southwestern tied the game in the top of the fifth as Shepherd led off the inning with a single to the second base side of the field. He scored on a Hainey hit down the third base line, tying the game at 3-3.
The Redhounds failed to score on the bottom of the fifth despite Foley’s single up the middle. Vorbeck flew out to left field to end the inning.
Southwestern sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth against three Corbin pitchers. Three errors a couple of passed balls allowed the Warriors to break open the game.
Marcus Kuhl scored for the Redhounds in the bottom of the sixth. He drew a walked to lead off the inning then went to second on a passed ball and to third when Derek Terry grounded out to first. Zach Duncum drew a walk and Matt Jewell hit into a fielder’s choice. Kuhl scored on the play.
The Warriors added two runs in the top of the seventh for the 11-4 lead. Foley got his second double of the game with two out in the bottom of the seventh. Vorbeck drew a walk, but the game ended on Kuhl’s fielder’s choice as the Warriors shot down Vorbeck going to second.
The Redhounds are still playing without head coach Rob Ledington, who was tossed in the loss to North Laurel. He is required to sit three games before returning. He will miss the scheduled road game to Clay County and return when the Redhounds face Barbourville Thursday.
Corbin will play in the Black Bear Invitational Friday and Saturday before heading to Hilton Head, SC., where they will play four games. The Redhounds will take on Letcher Central Friday at 5:30 and Sullivan North at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Black Bear Invitational.
Southwestern 11, Corbin 4
Southwestern 001 116 2- 11 16 0
Corbin 201 001 0- 4 5 5
Zack Turpin, Thomas Howard (7) and Logan Starnes. Chad Brown, Trace Vorbeck (6), Kevin Goins (6), Marcus Kuhl and Nick Vorbeck. W-Turpin, L-Brown. 2B-Foley (C), Starnes (S), Elijah Hainey. HR- Vorbeck (C).
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