Back to their winning ways, Coach Jason Smith and the Tigers seem to be finding their groove as of late. A district home-win over rival North Laurel, a very close loss to a top-tier Corbin team, then a blowout of Lynn Camp. This team could be developing into a very serious region contender. However, the schedule never gets any easier. Five pivotal games in the coming week will prove to test the mettle of this edition of Tigers.

Oneida Baptist – (4-5) Oneida has never given the Tigers any serious trouble on a baseball diamond, and they don’t seem like they will anytime soon. Clay County should use this as an early weekend tune-up game, and maybe even rest some starters. Expect the Tigers to win in solid fashion here. This game is Thursday, April 18th, at Oneida Baptist Institute. First pitch is set for 5:30PM.

Corbin – (10-6) Clay County wanted a rematch, and they will get one. After losing last Thursday 7-6 in Corbin, Clay County feels that they can put the Hounds on a leash and back in the doghouse, as the Tigers more than proved they can hang with the big dogs. Had Clay not spotted Corbin a few runs early on, that outcome may have been different as well. This game is Friday, April 19th, at Clay County. First pitch is set for 5:30PM.

East Carter – (6-8) Clay County meets East Carter on the big stage on Saturday afternoon, as the Tigers will take the field at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in the David Iery Foundation Showcase. East Ridge is an up-and-down group, winning a game, then losing. They can’t seem to find consistency. That being said, everyone seems to rise to the occasion under the bright lights at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Expect a tough contest here. This game is Saturday, April 20th, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, KY. First pitch is set for 12:30PM.

Frederick Douglass – (8-10) The Tigers will meet the newly formed high school, Frederick Douglass in Lexington on Monday evening. The Broncos have a massive bullpen and plethora of options in the field. They boast 6 pitchers who have posted over 10 innings, and 5 players who bat over .300. Expect their depth, and being at home to give them a little edge. This game is Monday, April 22nd, at Frederick Douglass High School. First pitch is set for 6:00PM.

Middlesboro – (4-7) Coach John Smith and the Yellow Jackets will make the long trek to Manchester on Tuesday evening to meet the Tigers. After defeating Harlan County two straight days, the Jackets will have their sights set on a solid win over Clay, who has been a proverbial thorn in their side in recent years. Expect strong play from both squads in this matchup, as the tension always rises to a near boiling point each time these two titans clash. This game is Tuesday, April 23rd, at Clay County. First pitch is set for 6:00PM.

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