Craig Blevins, 50, of Dorton, wrecked his four wheeler back in September of 2015. That accident actually saved his life.

 

For days after the wreck he had pain in the right lower side of the stomach, for what Craig suspected was just a pulled muscle. He went to see Jamie Newsome, Nurse Practitioner at the PMC Shelby Valley Clinic and was ordered a CT scan. While waiting for his test date, the pain worsened, so he visited the emergency room at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC).

 

A CT was performed in the ER, which confirmed his suspicion of a pulled muscle. Even though the CT scan was not of his chest, the image showed enough of his lung to reveal a mass in the lower lobe of his left lung.

 

Craig made an appointment with a pulmonologist. “He looked at the images of Craig’s lungs and ordered a bronchoscopy,” said Tondra Blevins, Craig’s wife of 30 years. “The test results came back as stage four lung cancer.”

 

A PET scan would later reveal the cancer had not spread to any other organs, but the bone scan told a different story. Despite having advanced cancer in his lungs and throughout his skeletal system, Craig was experiencing no symptoms.

 

“I didn’t feel sick,” Craig explained. “I had no cough, weight loss or tiredness.”

 

Craig began chemotherapy and radiation treatment for his cancer. Dr. Brad Collett and Dr. Ruth Lavigne, radiation oncologists at PMC oversaw his care.

 

“His particular cancer has a specific gene mutation, and that is a fortunate finding in that it tends to be more slow growing and will respond to biologic therapy,” explained Dr. Collett.

 

The gene mutation makes Craig’s cancer more treatable. He was put on a medication that specifically targets just the mutated gene.

 

“Because of the gene mutation I have,” said Craig, “I was able to switch to taking a pill after just two chemotherapy treatments.”

 

Craig continued with radiation treatment to treat the cancer in his bones, usually in 10-treatment rounds.

 

On February 7 of this year, while on his way to a routine radiation treatment for his hips, Craig experienced dizziness followed by a headache.

 

“I felt like I had just stood up out of the car too fast,” said Craig. “When I explained how I was feeling to Dr. Lavigne, she sent me for an MRI of my brain as soon as my radiation treatment was finished.”

 

“The radiation oncology department is phenomenal!” said Tondra. “They went over him from head to toe and they would not let him leave until we had answers.”

 

After the MRI, the technologist performing the test sent Craig and Tondra back to Dr. Lavigne to get the results. They took this as a bad sign. The test confirmed Dr. Lavigne’s suspicions and Craig needed brain surgery to remove two rather large lesions from his brain. One was golf ball-sized and one was slightly smaller.

 

“He presented with symptomatic brain metastases,” said Dr. Collett, “Because of the size, we felt he would benefit from having the lesions removed.”

 

Before Craig even made it home that day, he was called back to PMC to be admitted for surgery, to be performed by PMC neurosurgeon, Dr. Duane Densler.

 

“Because the lesions were in two widely separate areas of the brain,” explained Dr. Densler, “I had to perform separate operations to remove them.” 

 

In fact, in a span of five days, February 9-13, Craig underwent two operations to his brain. The material removed was tested and proved to be cancerous. The good news was that it was not a new primary tumor. The lesions were the same cancer from the lung metastasized in the brain.

 

Forty-eight hours after surgery, Craig was released from the hospital.

 

“Craig had an excellent recovery from the surgeries to remove the brain lesions and had significant improvement in his symptoms,” said Dr. Collett.

 

“He had a fast recovery,” said Dr. Densler, “aided by the support of his family.”

 

The part of Craig’s brain affected by the surgeries controls movement. Thankfully, he has no lasting effects from the surgery.

 

“I feel great, other than having low energy and being a little tired,” said Craig. He has no memory loss, confusion or headaches.

 

Nearly a month after the surgeries, Craig developed two more, smaller brain lesions. It was decided by his team of physicians to radiate the entire brain instead of treating just the lesions.

 

“He completed a course of whole brain radiation, which he tolerated very well,” said Dr. Collett. “He will continue on his systemic treatment and we will be re-imaging him in a few weeks to monitor his progress.”

 

“There is no need to go anywhere else to get your cancer treatment,” said Tondra. “He had two major brain surgeries in five days here.”

 

“I could not get better treatment anywhere in the world,” said Craig. “I couldn’t have had nicer or more caring staff. Everybody has been absolutely wonderful!”

 

“He has overcome so much. Craig has already started his garden, planting his peas and onions,” said Tondra. “He’s our Superman.”

 

Craig’s daughter is putting a Relay for life team together called the Superman Squad. They also have plans to run in PMC’s Colors of Courage 5K in August.

 

He still has bone cancer, but it’s getting better. Craig will continue with a PET scan every three months. Medication he takes to fight the cancer has side effects. So Craig goes for lab work every two weeks to monitor his liver.

 

For more information about the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center or to make an appointment, call 606-218-2212.

Tondra and Craig Blevins
Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central sharpshooter Mason Blair capped off his career as a Golden Eagle at the top of his class.

 

The senior finished up his career with 2,363 points, including more than 2,300 of those over three years.

 

He averaged 31.5 points per game and helped Johnson Central to a region best 27-7 record and berth in the 15th Region championship game.

 

Blair set a state record for three-point goals with 168. He had two games of 50-plus points, including a school record 58 against Lawrence County. He had nine games of 40-plus points.

 

The University of Pikeville signee was honored today as being named the Medical Leader’s Player of the Year.

 

Blair is joined on the elite first team by nine other outstanding players, including Pikeville junior Wyatt Battaile (20.2 ppg.). Battaile led the Panthers to a berth in the Sweet 16.

 

Other first team members are South Floyd junior J.R. Tackett (18.9 ppg.), Mingo Central junior Jeremy Dillon (20 ppg.), Letcher Central senior Torrell Carter (26.4 ppg.), Johnson Central senior Cole Crace (21.1 ppg.), Tug Valley junior Tyler May (20 ppg.), Phelps junior Christian Mounts (23.6 ppg.), Shelby Valley freshman Cody Potter (17.2 ppg.) and Pike Central senior Ryan Eads (14.5 ppg.).

 

The second team is captained by Mingo Central freshman Drew Hatfield (15 ppg.). Hatfield and Dillon led Mingo Central to the state tournament.

 

Others selected to the second team include Paintsville freshman Seth Williams (16.2 ppg.), Belfry junior Isaiah Roblee (14.3 ppg.), South Floyd sophomore Brady Conn (15.5 ppg.), East Ridge senior Michel Conn (11.2 ppg.), Allen Central freshman Ethan Smith-Mills (13.6 ppg.), Prestonsburg sophomore Austin Endicott (11.5 ppg.), Betsy Layne sophomore Grant Orsborn (13 ppg.), Tug Valley junior Jonathan Blankenship (10 ppg.) and Pike Central junior Seth Conn (13.2 ppg.)

 

South Floyd junior Jacob Collins was named captain of the third team. He averaged 15.2 points per game.

 

Others chosen were Johnson Central sophomore Jacob Rice (11.2 ppg.), Jenkins senior Coty Wright (12.3 ppg.), East Ridge senior Dawson Clark (11 ppg.), Allen Central junior Cameron Nelson (12.6 ppg.), Pikeville sophomore Connor Roberts (10 ppg.), Belfry junior Koleston Blankenship (10.6 ppg.), Paintsville eighth-grader Mason Moore (16.2 ppg.), Shelby Valley junior Blake Burke (10.8 ppg.) and Pike Central senior Blake Wallace (14 ppg.).

 

Pikeville first-year head coach Elisha Justice was honored as Coach of the Year after guiding the Panthers to the Sweet 16. The Panthers finished 23-9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the Medical Leader’s All-Area Boys’ Basketball Teams:

 

Player of the Year:

 

Mason Blair, Johnson Central, Sr.,

 

Coach of the Year:

 

Elisha Justice, Pikeville

 

First Team

 

Mason Blair, Sr., Johnson Central, 31.5 ppg. (Capt.)

 

Wyatt Battaile, Jr., Pikeville, 20.2 ppg.

 

J.R. Tackett, Jr., South Floyd, 18.9 ppg.

 

Jeremy Dillon, Jr., Mingo Central, 20 ppg.

 

Torrell Carter, Sr., Letcher Central, 26.4 ppg.

 

Cole Crace, Sr., Johnson Central, 21.1 ppg.

 

Tyler May, Jr., Tug Valley, 20 ppg.

 

Christian Mounts, Jr., Phelps, 23.6 ppg.

 

Cody Potter, Fr., Shelby Valley, 17.2 ppg.

 

Ryan Eads, Sr., Pike Central, 14.5 ppg.

 

Second Team

 

Drew Hatfield, Fr., Mingo Central, 15 ppg. (Capt.)

 

Seth Williams, Fr., Paintsville, 16.2 ppg.

 

Isaiah Roblee, Jr., Belfry, 14.3 ppg.

 

Brady Conn, So., South Floyd, 15.5 ppg.

 

Michael Conn, Sr., East Ridge, 11.2 ppg.

 

Ethan Smith-Mills, Fr., Allen Central, 13.6 ppg.

 

Austin Endicott, So., Prestonsburg, 11.5 ppg.

 

Grant Orsborn, So., Betsy Layne, 13 ppg.

 

Jonathan Blankenship, Jr., Tug Valley, 10 ppg.

 

Seth Conn, Jr., Pike Central, 13.2 ppg.

 

Third Team

 

Jacob Collins, Jr., South Floyd, 15.2 ppg. (Capt.)

 

Jacob Rice, So., Johnson Central, 11.2 ppg.

 

Coty Wright, Sr., Jenkins, 12.3 ppg.

 

Dawson Clark, Sr., East Ridge, 11 ppg.

 

Cameron Nelson, Jr., Allen Central, 12.6 ppg.

 

Connor Roberts, So., Pikeville, 10 ppg.

 

Koleston Blankenship, Jr., Belfry, 10.6 ppg.

 

Mason Moore, 8th, Paintsville, 16.2 ppg.

 

Blake Burke, Jr., Shelby Valley, 10.8 ppg.

 

Blake Wallace, Sr., Pike Central, 14 ppg.

 

Honorable Mention:

 

Dylan Caudill, Allen Central; Cameron Catron, Austin Woolum, Belfry; Byron Hammond, Jordan Kendrick Betsy Layne; Matt Miller, Justin Potter, East Ridge; Austin Banks, Elijah Raglin, Letcher Central; Aaron Banks, Keshean Rhodes, Canaan Fletcher, Mingo Central; Brandon Norman, Phelps; Skylar Williams, Piarist School; Evan Rhodes, Kyle Watkins, Pikeville; Wes Hager, Drake Nunnery, Prestonsburg; Tanner Bentley, Shelby Valley; Levi Davis, Garrett Brown, Colby Savage, Tug Valley.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Johnson Central senior Mason Blair finished his career with 2,363 points, most in school history, and averaged 31.5 points per game. He set a state record in three-point goals made with 168.
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Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PIKEVILLE – When children are nurtured, they grow up to be adults. But when they lack the influences of a caring adult, receive inconsistent nurturing, or experience harsh discipline, the consequences can affect their lifelong health, well-being and relationships with others.

 

Pike County kicked off the 2017 Child Abuse Prevention and Proclamation event at Pikeville City Park on April 5. Those in attendance participated in the program to help recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

 

“I am so thankful to work with such an amazing team in our community,” said Laura Kretzer, event director for Judi’s Place for Kids. “It’s our job to help children find their voice and reach their full potential.”

 

Child abuse or neglect often takes place in the home at the hands of a person the child knows well — a parent, relative, baby sitter, or friend of the family.

 

“We provide care for approximately 400 kids per year serving a five county area,” said Kretzer, a mother of three children. “Every child deserves to be protected and cared for.”

 

The event attracted state, county and local officials, along with social workers and members of the community to bring awareness.

 

“We are truly humbled that each of you in attendance has devoted time to learning how you can help prevent child abuse in Kentucky,” said Tawanna Huffman with Pike County Division of Protection and Permanency, whose department coordinates the state’s child welfare and violence prevention efforts.

 

Several events have been organized throughout the month of April to celebrate children in our community and build commitment in the fight against abuse.

 

“We are hopeful that today’s event will encourage people of the community to get involved and help the fight against child abuse,” Huffman added.

 

Pike County Attorney Howard Keith Hall, Honorable Judge Larry Thompson, Commonwealth Attorney Rick Bartley, State Senator Ray S. Jones II, Pike County Sheriff Rodney Scott, State Representative Chris Harris, Pikeville Police Detective Bruce Collins, State Representative Angie Hatton, Pikeville City Mayor Jimmy Carter and Judge Executive William Bill Deskins and Brian Morris took a moment to praise social workers for all they do while vowing to do all they do while vowing to do all they can to help with the fight against child abuse.

 

Each state is responsible for establishing its own definitions of child abuse and neglect that meet Federal minimum standards.

 

Valerie Huffman opened the ceremony with the National Anthem while members of the Pikeville City Police Honor Guard presented flags. Attorney Shane Hall led those in attendance with a word of prayer.

 

Model City Head Start children stole the hearts of all in attendance and modeled a simple example of how innocent children are with their singing of “Jesus Loves Me” and “Jesus Loves the Little Children.”

BRINGING AWARENESS: Pike County Attorney Howard Keith Hall welcomes the crowd to the Child Abuse Prevention and Proclamation event held at Pikeville City Park on April 5.
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Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Main Street Program and Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce jointly hosted a red carpet ribbon cutting ceremony at Epic Escape Game to celebrate the grand opening of their location at 225 Second St., Suite 1 in downtown Pikeville on April 7.

 

Chamber and community members joined the staff and owner Harriet Blanton of Epic Escape Game to support the addition of a new business in our area.

 

Blanton said, “This building was the home of Anderson Department stores, became lawyers offices and then the space became empty. I knew I needed to do something with it.”

 

She said, “Tutors and mentors at the University of Pikeville took a group of students to an escape game in Lexington, Kentucky and the students really enjoyed it. I felt like Pikeville needed something like that.”

 

Escape games are an incredibly popular form of interactive entertainment. They are the hottest new attraction to hit the United States and are a must stop destination.

 

A group of two to eight players are locked in a themed room where you must work together and use your mental, physical and personal abilities to solve puzzles, decode clues and escape the room within a 60 minute time period.

 

The franchise customizes games according to events and things that happen in the surrounding area.

 

Blanton said she chose to do a Hatfield and McCoy Feud, Octavia Buried Alive and other game rooms.

 

The Deep – A massive shift in the planet’s tectonic plates has created a tear in the Mariana’s Trench, the deepest part of the ocean. The tear is allowing ocean water to cool the earth’s core. Once the core is cooled, our planet will cease to rotate life to exist as we know it. The team must dive 7.5 miles to Mariana’s Trench and detonate a nuclear warhead to seal the tear to save our planet.

 

Buried Alive – Octavia’s spirit roams the halls of this mansion cursing the residents of Pikeville. Those who enter the mansion will be cursed and shall suffer the same fate as Octavia by being buried alive. Your team is paranormal investigators that were hired to enter the mansion to encounter Octavia and reverse the curse.

 

The Feud – It’s 1888 and your group of pioneers are heading west to start a new beginning. It’s late and your group decides to stop for the night in an old cabin along the Tug River. You realize you are right in the middle of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud with shooting and gun fire outside. The cabin appears to have been inhabited by both of the warring families at one point with the Hatfield’s on one side and the McCoy’s on the other. They are threatening to burn down the cabin in one hour. They will grant you safe passage only if you produce a family heirloom for each family.

 

“The games are a linear process and are a great team building exercise,” said Blanton. “We have had a great response for entertainment and we’re thrilled to be here.”

 

Epic Escape Game is the premier escape game operator headquartered in Denver, Colo. with several locations throughout the nation (Phoenix, Ariz.; Denver, Colo.; Englewood, Colo.; Grand Junction, Colo.; Muncie, Ind.; Pikeville, Ky.; New River Gorge, W.Va.; and Cheyenne, Wyo.) with 30 unique escape games and growing.

 

Epic Escape Game is open Thursday through Monday from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. For more information or to book a game call 606-766-4040 or visit epicescapegame.com.

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Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Emergency Medicine Physician Dr. Brett E. Jarrell.

 

Dr. Jarrell received his Bachelor of Arts in biology from Wittenberg University. He received his Masters of Arts in biology from Marshall University and obtained his medical degree from Marshall University School of Medicine.

 

Dr. Jarrell completed his residency at West Virginia University and is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

 

“I was always interested in science and being around people at an early age,” Dr. Jarrell said. “I suffered a lot of sports injuries and was always around doctors, and the work and care they provided intrigued me. I knew I wanted to provide care to patients one day as they did,” he said.

 

Dr. Jarrell says his mentors were Mitch Charles and Todd Crocco, both physicians who took him under their wing during medical school and his residency.

 

“They both instilled great lessons for me to carry on during my medical career,” Dr. Jarrell said. “They both taught me to trust my instincts, be a patient advocate and to always do the right thing,” he said.

 

He looks forwarded to providing emergency care to the region.

 

“My goals for the emergency department are pretty simple,” said Dr. Jarrell. “I want to provide quality care and treat patients with dignity.”

 

Several factors drew Dr. Jarrell to PMC.

 

“I chose PMC for a few different reasons,” he said. “I heard several positive things about the hospital and the care they provided to patients. I had several friends who came to work at PMC and loved working here. “

 

He said he came to see the hospital and loved the quality care they offer to people of this region.

 

“I knew I wanted to practice medicine here,” he added.

 

When he’s not caring for patients, Dr. Jarrell enjoys sports, traveling and takes an interest in international health care.

Author Name: 
Amanda Jo Lawson
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

John W. Scalf, 87, of Pikeville, died April 14. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Funeral, April 17. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.

 

Beulah Lee (Hurley) Hackney, 90, of Morehead, died April 10. Funeral, April 13 at Toler Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens.

 

Alice Dotson Copley, 84, of Williamson, W.Va., died April 10. Graveside service, April 15 at Mountain View Gardens Maher, W.Va.

 

Dorothy Mae Crisp Counts, 89, of Flatwoods, formerly of Floyd County, died April 11. Funeral, April 15. Burial, Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

 

Pearlie Mae Pitts Goble, 81, of Auxier, died April 12. Funeral, April 15 at Auxier Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Allen Pitts Cemetery, Spurlock.

 

Ezra Branham, 85, of Dwale, died April 11. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. Funeral, April 14. Burial, Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

 

Jack Endicott Jr., 46, of Prestonsburg, died April 11. Funeral, April 16. Burial, Wells Cemetery, Auxier.

 

Leonard Hall, 82, of Martin, died April 3. Funeral, April 17, at Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Matthew Tackett Cemetery, Melvin.

 

Elmo Lee Hall, 71, of Bypro, died April 13. Memorial service, April 18.

 

Clarence “Coon” Newsome, 84, of Virgie, died April 13. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, April 17. Burial, Newsom Cemetery.

 

Samuel Hinkle, 72, of Bethlehem, N.C., formerly of Newtown, W.Va., died April 11. Funeral, April 15. Burial, Ellison Hatfield Cemetery, Newtown.

 

Paul Patrick Hurley, 58, of Freeburn, died April 5. Funeral, April 8, Evening Light Tabernacle, Phelps. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.

 

Joseph Lottridge, 63, of Delbarton, W.Va., died April 5. Honoring his request, the body has been cremated.

 

Walter N. “June Bug” Scales, 60, of Red Jacket, W.Va., died April 5. Funeral, April 11. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, W.Va.

 

Billy Ray “Big Rod” Taylor, 68, of Matewan, W.Va., died April 2. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, April 5. Burial, Varney Cemetery, Lynn, W.Va.

 

Linton Kinder, 78 of Upper Johns Creek, died April 8. Funeral, April 10, Peter Creek Primitive Baptist Church. Burial, Hatfield Cemetery, Phelps.

 

Hulen Everett Robinett, 90, of Stopover, died April 4. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Funeral, April 8. Burial, Robinett Cemetery, Stopover.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gage Ryan Hunter, son of Tonya Grubb and Jeffrey Hunter, born April 11; weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.

 

Tyson Maverick Stephens, son of Kimberly Hill and Ryan Stephens, born April 11; weight: 6 lbs., 10.2 oz.

 

Karson Rayveon Blackmon, son of Danshae Blackmon, born April 10; weight: 7 lbs., 1 oz.

 

Keegan Ronald Curtis Hamilton, son of Kimberly Bartley and Ronnie Hamilton, born April 10; weight: 7 lbs., 1 oz.

 

Ezekiel Ryan Bartley, son of Linda Thacker and Timmy Austin Bartley, born April 8; weight: 6 lbs., 15 oz.

 

Cade McNeil Freeman, son of Larissa McNeil and Anthony Freeman, born April 7; weight: 9 lbs., 13 oz.

 

Gunner Carson Kade Robinson, son of Kristen Adkins and Justin Robinson, born April 7; weight: 6 lbs., 10 oz.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Proud of his scar from a wreck on his bike, the little boy asked the preacher if he would like to see his “booboo.”

 

Some proudly display their battle scars while others try to hide them. Scars are descriptive and tell of past injuries or testify to present healing.

 

The touching story in Luke 24:40 of Jesus showing the disciples His hands and His feet is noteworthy. The gospel is told by His holy scars; telling the price of sin, the great love of God and the power of grace and sacrifice!

 

Christ’s scars proclaim that he won the greatest battle for the souls of mankind. The awfulness and injury of the crucifixion is followed by the glory and restoration of the resurrection.

 

The Word of God says “by his stripes we are healed”. What a marvelous story of the price, power and provision that is declared by His scars. Let us remember because of that Easter morning, we will one day rise to be with Him in glory.

 

 

 

~ PMC Chaplain Mark Tackett may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PAINTSVILLE — Paintsville pounded out 11 hits and cruised to a 14-0 win over Sheldon Clark in a game played on April 12.

 

Mason Moore drove in three runs and Ben Daniels batted in two as the Tigers improved to 8-5. Jake Hyden collected two hits and knocked in one run while Tanner Miller and Tanner Smith added two hits apiece.

 

Ryan Moore was the winning pitcher.

 

 

 

At Paintsville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

SC (6-8)….................................000 00 – 0- 1-7

 

PV (8-5)…................................166 1x – 14-11-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Ryan Moore

 

LP – Jon Jon Fitch

 

Hitting: Mason Moore 3 RBI; Ben Daniels 2 RBI; Jake Hyden 2h, 1 RBI; Tanner Miller 2h; Tanner Smith 2h, Paintsville.

 

 

 

Jenkins……...............................7

 

Breathitt County…....................2

 

JENKINS — Jenkins used a six-run, third inning to snap a scoreless game and the Cavaliers went on to beat Breathitt County, 7-2, in the 14th Region All “A” Classic opener played on April 11.

 

Hayden Fleming had three hits and winning pitcher Matthew Jessey knocked in two runs as the Cavaliers moved to 6-4.

 

 

 

At Jenkins

 

(All ‘A’ Classic)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

BC (2-4)…...............................000 000 2 – 2-6-0

 

JK (6-4)…................................006 100 x – 7-6-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Matthew Jessey

 

LP – Jerry Ohair

 

Hitting: Hayden Fleming 3h; Matthew Jessey 2 RBI, Jenkins.

 

 

 

Phelps………...........................16

 

East Ridge……..........................0

 

LICK CREEK — Phelps erupted for seven runs in the top of the first inning and the Hornets rolled to a 16-0 win over East Ridge in a game played at the Reservation on April 11.

 

Tyson White collected four hits and drove in three runs while Garrett Clevinger had two hits and batted in two runs as Phelps improved to 7-4. Zach White knocked in two runs and winning pitcher Brandon Turnmire added three hits.

 

 

 

At Lick Creek

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PH (7-4)…................................732 40 – 16-16-0

 

ER (0-7)….................................000 00 – 0- 1-6

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Brandon Turnmire

 

LP – Dakota Miller

 

Hitting: Tyson White 4h, 3 RBI; Garrett Clevinger 2h, 2 RBI; Zach White 2 RBI; Brandon Turnmire 3h, Phelps.

 

 

 

Betsy Layne……......................10

 

South Floyd…….........................0

 

ALLEN — Betsy Layne made the most of six hits as the Bobcats ran past South Floyd, 10-0, in a game played on April 11.

 

Steven Boyd singled and knocked in three runs while Colby Bentley doubled and scored three times as the Bobcats moved to 2-11. Winning pitcher Zach Bentley singled and scored two runs.

 

Dalton Boyd suffered the loss as the Raiders dropped to 1-5.

 

 

 

At Allen

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

SF (1-5)…....................................000 00 – 0-4-5

 

BL (2-11).................................…321 31 – 10-6-2

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Zach Bentley

 

LP – Dalton Boyd

 

Hitting: Steven Boyd 1b, 3 RBI; Colby Bentley 2b, 3r; Zach Bentley 1b, 2r, Betsy Layne.

 

 

 

Paintsville……..........................8

 

Sheldon Clark........................…2

 

INEZ — Paintsville pounded out 13 hits and rolled to an 8-2 win over Sheldon Clark in a game played on April 11.

 

Mason Moore had two hits and drove in two runs while Jaxon Watts and Tanner Smith knocked home a pair of runs each as the Tigers improved to 7-5.

 

Tanner Miller was the winning pitcher.

 

At Inez

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PV (7-5)…............................200 402 0 – 8-13-0

 

SC (6-7)….............................000 200 0 – 2- 5-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Tanner Miller

 

LP – Braxton McGinnis

 

Hitting: Mason Moore 2h, 2 RBI; Jaxon Watts 2 RBI; Tanner Smith 2 RBI, Paintsville.

 

 

 

Prestonsburg……....................11

 

Phelps…………….......................5

 

STONECREST — Prestonsburg overcame an early two-run deficit to turn back Phelps, 11-5, in a game played at StoneCrest Sports Complex on April 10.

 

Garrett Clevinger had three hits and knocked in one run as the Blackcats improved to 9-4. Wes Hager added two hits and drove in two runs while winning pitcher Scott Stapleton collected two hits. Bailey Slone added a pair of RBI.

 

Brandon Turnmire suffered the loss as the Hornets fell to 6-4.

 

 

 

At StoneCrest

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PH (6-4)…..........................200 101 1 – 5- 6-1

 

PB (9-4)…...........................104 312 x – 11-10-5

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Scott Stapleton

 

LP – Brandon Turnmire

 

Hitting: Garrett Clevinger 3h, 1 RBI, Phelps; Wes Hager 2h, 2 RBI; Scott Stapleton 2h; Bailey Slone 2 RBI, Prestonsburg.

 

 

 

South Floyd…….......................11

 

Betsy Layne…......................…10

 

DRIFT – South Floyd rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Betsy Layne, 11-10, in a game played on April 10.

 

Colby Bentley had three hits, scored twice and knocked in four runs as the Bobcats fell to 1-11. Tyler Sanders added two hits, scored three times and knocked in one run.

 

Winning pitcher Blade Slone had three hits and batted in two runs while Matt Dudleson knocked in two runs as the Raiders won for the first time in five games.

 

 

 

At Drift

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

BL (1-11)...............................012 122 2 – 10-9-3

 

SF (1-4)…..............................006 011 3 – 11-7-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Blade Slone

 

LP – Chase Hamilton

 

Hitting: Colby Bentley 3h, 2r, 4 RBI; Tyler Sanders 2h, 3r, 1 RBI, Betsy Layne; Blade Slone 3h, 2 RBI; Matt Dudleson 2 RBI, South Floyd.

 

 

 

Sheldon Clark…......................13

 

Belfry…………........................…3

 

INEZ — Sheldon Clark managed just four hits but took advantage of five Belfry errors to knock off the Pirates, 13-3, in a game played on April 10.

 

Colton Cross doubled and scored while Austin Woolum singled and scored.

 

Kaleb Taylor was the losing pitcher as the Pirates fell to 4-9.

 

 

 

At Inez

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

BF (4-9)…...................................210 00 – 3-6-5

 

SC (6-6)..................................….237 01 – 13-4-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Ethan Osborne

 

LP – Kaleb Taylor

 

Hitting: Colton Cross 2b, 1r; Austin Woolum 1b, 1r, Belfry.

 

 

 

All ‘A’ Classic

 

Pikeville………........................19

 

Shelby Valley….........................4

 

ROBINSON CREEK — Pikeville pounded out 22 hits and cruised to a 19-4 win over Shelby Valley in the All “A” Classic championship game played at Dale Trivette Field on April 10.

 

Pikeville, now 15-0, scored nine times in the second inning to break the game open.

 

Jackson Hensley had two hits, including a triple, scored three runs and knocked in five while Cade Byers collected three hits, scored twice and batted in two. Nate Brown singled, scored two runs and drove in two while Andrew McNamee singled, scored three times and added a pair of RBI.

 

Kevin Justice was the winning pitcher.

 

Seth Bailey singled, scored and knocked in one run while Logan Billiter singled and drove in one run as the Wildcats fell to 11-2.

 

Jacob Beverly took the loss.

 

 

 

At Robinson Creek

 

(All ‘A’ Classic)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PK (15-0)…...............................195 40 – 19-22-2

 

SV (11-2)…................................012 10 – 4- 5-5

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Kevin Justice

 

LP – Jacob Beverly

 

Hitting: Seth Bailey 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Logan Billiter 1b, 1 RBI, Shelby Valley; Jackson Hensley 3b, 1b, 3r, 5 RBI; Cade Byers 3-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Nate Brown 1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Andrew McNamee 1b, 3r, 2 RBI, Pikeville.

 

 

 

Letcher Central…....................12

 

Harlan County…….....................3

 

HARLAN — Letcher Central overcame a three-run deficit to pound Harlan County, 12-3, in a game played on April 8.

 

The Cougars, now 5-10, scored six times in the sixth and seventh innings to make a winner of Keaston Maggard.

 

Logan Gibbs had three hits and Izzy Terry batted in three runs. John Potter and Treavor Hardin knocked in a pair of runs.

 

 

 

At Harlan

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (5-10)…..........................000 006 6 – 12-13-3

 

HC (5-5)…..........................100 200 0 – 3-10-2

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Keaston Maggard

 

LP – Caleb Carmichael

 

Hitting: Logan Gibbs 3h; Izzy Terry 3 RBI; John Potter 2 RBI; Treavor Hardin 2 RBI, Letcher Central.

 

 

 

Rockcastle County…...............10

 

Letcher Central……................…0

 

HARLAN — Letcher Central struggled on the road as Rockcastle County used as seven-run, first inning to roll past the Cougars, 10-0, in a game played on April 8.

 

Cameron Whitaker and John Potter each had a hit for LCC, now 4-10.

 

Brandon Bailey suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Harlan

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (4-10)…................................000 00 – 0-5-5

 

RC (6-5)…..................................710 11 – 10-8-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Anthony Houk

 

LP – Brandon Bailey

 

Hitting: Cameron Whitaker 1h; John Potter 1b, bb, Letcher Central.

 

 

 

Paintsville……..........................7

 

Bryan Station........................…4

 

LEXINGTON — Paintsville took a six-run lead to the bottom of the seventh inning and held on to beat Bryan Station, 7-4, in a game played on April 8.

 

Ben Daniels had four hits while Matt Baldwin and Jonathan McKenzie each added an RBI as the Tigers improved to 6-5.

 

Dylan Lynch suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Lexington

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PV (6-5)…..............................131 000 2 – 7-8-1

 

BS (4-6)…...............................100 000 3 – 4-9-4

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Ryan Moore

 

LP – Dylan Lynch

 

Hitting: Ben Daniels 4h; Matt Baldwin 1 RBI; Jonathan McKenzie 1 RBI, Paintsville.

 

 

 

Magoffin County…..................22

 

Betsy Layne……….....................3

 

ALLEN — Magoffin County scored in all five innings, including 13 runs in the fourth, to roll past Betsy Layne 22-3, in a game played on April 8.

 

Cameron Hughes took the loss as Betsy Layne dropped to 1-10.

 

 

 

At Allen

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

MC (4-1)…...........................411 (13)3 – 22-15-2

 

BL (1-10)…...........................000 30 – 3- 1-5

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Jackson Salyer

 

LP – Cameron Hughes

 

 

 

Shelby Valley……....................10

 

Sheldon Clark……....................5

 

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley overcame a one-run deficit to beat Sheldon Clark, 10-5, in the All “A” Classic played at Dale Trivette Field on April 8.

 

The Wildcats, now 11-1, advanced to the championship game against Pikeville.

 

Winning pitcher Seth Bailey had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs while Jacob Beverly knocked in three runs. Lincoln Billiter singled, scored and knocked in one run while Gabriel Brown and Jackson Wirewille each singled and scored twice.

 

 

 

At Robinson Creek

 

(All ‘A’ Classic)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

SC (5-6)…........................….102 002 0 – 5-5-3

 

SV (11-1)…...........................200 413 x – 10-7-7

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Seth Bailey

 

LP – Parker Jarrell

 

Hitting: Seth Bailey 2b, 1b, 2r; Jacob Beverly 3 RBI; Lincoln Billiter 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Gabriel Brown 1b, 2r; Jackson Wierwille 1b, 2r, Shelby Valley.

 

 

 

Phelps……...............................8

 

Betsy Layne…...........................0

 

ALLEN — Phelps erupted for 12 hits and limited Betsy Layne to just one as the Hornets cruised to an 8-0 win in a game played on April 7.

 

Jordan Blankenship had three hits and drove in a pair of runs as the Hornets improved to 6-3. Dylan New knocked in three runs and Tyson White collected a pair or RBI. Winning pitcher Ronald Prater added three hits.

 

At Allen

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PH (6-3)…............................103 010 3 – 8-12-2

 

BL (1-9)…................................000 000 0 – 0-1-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Ronald Prater

 

LP – Zach Bentley

 

Hitting: Jordan Blankenship 3h, 2 RBI; Dylan New 3 RBI; Tyson White 2 RBI; Ronald Prater 3h, Phelps.

 

 

 

Pike Central…..........................8

 

Morgan County......................…2

 

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Pike Central used a four-run, fourth inning to take the lead from Morgan County and roll to an 8-2 win in a game played at the Hawks Nest on April 4.

 

Logan Dotson had a pair of doubles and drove in four runs while Seth Conn doubled, scored twice and batted in three as the Hawks improved to 8-4. Brice Elkins had three hits, including a double, scored three runs and batted in one.

 

D’Sean Prinkleton was the winning pitcher.

 

 

 

At Buckleys Creek

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

MC (2-6)…..............................000 200 0 – 2-5-2

 

PC (8-4)…...........................…200 411 x – 8-7-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – D’Sean Prinkleton

 

LP – Payton Hampton

 

Hitting: Logan Dotson 2-1b, 4 RBI; Seth Conn 2b, 2r, 3 RBI; Brice Elkins 2b, 2-1b, 3r, 1 RBI, Pike Central.

 

 

 

SOFTBALL

 

East Ridge……..........................5

 

Shelby Valley….........................4

 

LICK CREEK — East Ridge rallied from a two-run deficit late to edge Shelby Valley, 5-4, in a game played on April 12.

 

Kailee Slone belted a home run, scored twice and drove in three runs as the Lady Warriors improved to 8-3. Kesley Damron tripled, singled and scored while Hannah Mullins added two hits.

 

Caitlyn Coleman was the winning pitcher.

 

Krista Hampton had three singled and scored for the Lady Bat Kats, now 4-9. McKenzie Johnson suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Lick Creek

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

SV (4-9)….............................200 002 0 – 4-11-3

 

ER (8-3)…..............................200 003 x – 5- 6-2

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Caitlyn Coleman

 

LP – McKenzie Johnson

 

Hitting: Kailee Slone HR, 2r, 3 RBI; Kesley Damron 3b, 1b, 1r; Hannah Mullins 2-1b, East Ridge. Krista Hampton 3-1b, 1r, Shelby Valley.

 

 

 

Letcher Central…......................6

 

East Ridge……….......................4

 

ERMINE — Letcher Central overcame an early three-run deficit to turn back East Ridge, 6-4, in a game played on April 11.

 

Kaytlin Morgan and Savannah Parson had two hits apiece for LCC, now 8-9. Hannah Wampler drove in a pair of runs.

 

Alli Slone had three hits and Kailee Slone knocked in two runs as East Ridge fell to 7-3. Britney Tackett drove in one run.

 

Rachel Spangler was the winning pitcher while Caitlyn Coleman took the loss.

 

 

 

At Ermine

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

ER (7-3)…..............................300 010 0 – 4-8-4

 

LC (8-9)…...............................212 010 x – 6-5-2

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Rachel Spangler

 

LP – Caitlyn Coleman

 

Hitting: Alli Slone 3h; Kailee Slone 2 RBI; Britney Tackett 1 RBI, East Ridge; Kaytlin Morgan 2h; Savannah Parson 2h; Hannah Wampler 2 RBI, Letcher Central.

 

 

 

Letcher Central…...................…5

 

Pike Central……...................…..3

 

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Letcher Central used a three-run, fourth inning to pull ahead and beat Pike County Central, 5-3, in a game played on April 10.

 

Hannah Wampler had three hits and Grayson Collier added two and knocked in one run as the Lady Cougars improved to 7-9. Brooklyn Collins batted in two runs to back the pitching of winner Rachel Spangler.

 

Kaylee Vance had three hits and Haley Howell drove in two runs as Pike Central fell to 6-4.

 

Rachel Spangler was the winning pitcher while Kaylee Thomas took the loss.

 

 

 

At Buckleys Creek

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (7-9)….............................100 301 0 – 5- 7-2

 

PC (6-4)….............................200 000 1 – 3-11-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Rachel Spangler

 

LP – Kaylee Thomas

 

Hitting: Hannah Wampler 3h; Grayson Collier 2h, 1 RBI; Brooklyn Collins 2 RBI, Letcher Central; Kaylee Vance 3h; Haley Howell 2 RBI, Pike Central.

 

 

 

Lawrence County…....................7

 

Phelps…………….......................0

 

LOUISA — Lawrence County collected 13 hits and pulled away in the late innings to blank Phelps, 7-0, in a game played on April 10.

 

Lauren Briggs singled and walked as the Lady Hornets fell to 4-4.

 

Hannah Layne took the loss.

 

 

 

At Louisa

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PH (4-4)…............................000 000 0 – 0- 2-3

 

LC (4-6)….............................010 123 x – 7-13-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Ciana Bowen

 

LP – Hannah Layne

 

Hitting: Lauren Briggs 1b, bb, Phelps.

 

 

 

Pike Central….........................11

 

Phelps…………..........................2

 

PHELPS — Pike County Central pounded out 13 hits and cruised to an 11-2 win over Phelps in a game played on April 8.

 

Winning pitcher Haley Howell had three hits and knocked in two runs as the Lady Hawks improved to 6-3. Kaylee Vance and Hailey Lester added two hits apiece.

 

Hannah Layne suffered the loss as Phelps dropped to 4-3.

 

 

 

At Phelps

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PC (6-3)…...........................021 321 2 – 11-13-0

 

PH (4-3)…..........................001 100 0 – 2- 5-7

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Haley Howell

 

LP – Hannah Layne

 

Hitting: Haley Howell 3h, 2 RBI; Kaylee Vance 2h; Hailey Lester 2h, Pike Central.

 

 

 

Paintsville….............................9

 

Letcher Central…......................6

 

ERMINE — Paintsville snapped a two-all tie with seven innings in the seventh inning and then held off Letcher Central to score a 7-6 win in a game played on April 8.

 

Morgan Williams had three hits and winning pitcher Anna Keeton drove in two runs as the Lady Tigers improved to 9-5. Taylor Stumbo added an RBI.

 

Kaytlin Morgan and Grayson Collier had three hits apiece for the Lady Cougars, now 6-9. Hannah Wampler drove in three runs.

 

Rachel Spangler took the loss.

 

 

 

At Ermine

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PV ( 9-5)…..............................020 000 7 – 9-8-0

 

LC (6-9)….............................101 000 4 – 6-13-5

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Anna Keeton

 

LP – Rachel Spangler

 

Hitting: Morgan Williams 3h; Anna Keeton 2 RBI; Taylor Stumbo 1 RBI, Paintsville; Kaytlin Morgan 3h; Grayson Collier 3h; Hannah Wampler 3 RBI, Letcher Central.

 

 

 

Eastside, Va……......................13

 

Paintsville……....................……6

 

ERMINE — Paintsville collected 14 hits but the Lady Tigers came up on the short end of a 13-6 decision to Eastside (Va.) in a game played on April 8.

 

Swoop Williams had three hits and Clara Blair knocked in a pair of runs as Paintsville fell to 8-5.

 

Anna Keeton suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Ermine

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PV (8-5)…............................004 110 0 – 6-14-3

 

ES (8-3)…...........................203 242 x – 13-17-0

 

Pitching:

 

LP – Anna Keeton

 

Hitting: Swoop Williams 3h; Clara Blair 2 RBI, Paintsville.

 

 

 

Letcher Central…......................5

 

Harlan………….......................…0

 

ERMINE — Letcher Central grabbed the early lead and Rachel Spangler went on to shutout Harlan as the Lady Cougars rolled to a 5-0 win in a game played on April 8.

 

Spangler allowed just two hits as LCC improved to 5-9. Spangler had two hits of her own.

 

Savannah Parsons had two hits and drove in two runs while Kaytlin Morgan added two hits and batted in one run.

 

 

 

At Ermine

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

HL (4-4)…...............................000 000 0 – 0-2-3

 

LC (5-9)…...............................201 002 x – 5-8-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Rachel Spangler

 

LP – Ashley Overbay

 

Hitting: Savannah Parsons 2h, 2 RBI; Kaytlin Morgan 2h, 1 RBI; Rachel Spangler 2h, Letcher Central.

 

 

 

Cocoa Beach, Fla….................15

 

Letcher Central…..................….0

 

COCOA, Fla. — Letcher Central was held to just two hits as Cocoa Beach (Fla.) rolled to a 15-0 win in the final game of the Space Coast Spring Training Classic played on April 6.

 

Hannah Wampler singled and losing pitcher Rachel Spangler reached base on a walk as the Lady Cougars fell to 4-9.

 

 

 

At Cocoa, Fla.

 

(Space Coast Spring Training)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (4-9)…..................................000 0 – 0- 2-6

 

CB (12-3)....................................433 5 – 15-13-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Melissa Hoffman

 

LP – Rachel Spangler

 

Hitting: Hannah Wampler 1h; Rachel Spangler bb, Letcher Central.

 

 

 

Letcher Central…....................11

 

Monroe County, TN.................…7

 

COCOA BEACH, Fla. — Letcher Central erased a one-run deficit by scoring nine times in the seventh inning to beat Monroe County (Tenn.), 11-7, in the Space Coast Spring Training Classic played on April 5.

 

Grayson Collier had two hits and batted in four runs as Central improved to 4-8. Alyssa Franklin added three hits and knocked in three runs while Meghan Combs added three hits.

 

Raygan Anderson was the winning pitcher in relief.

 

 

 

At Cocoa Beach, Fla.

 

(Space Coast Spring Training)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (4-8)…..........................110 000 9 – 11-15-1

 

MC (7-7)….........................101 010 4 – 7- 7-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP –Raygan Anderson

 

LP – Britney Pickerell

 

Hitting: Grayson Collier 2h, 4 RBI; Alyssa Franklin 3h, 3 RBI; Meghan Combs 3h, Letcher Central.

 

 

 

Monroe County, TN….................6

 

Letcher Central……...................3

 

COCOA BEACH, Fla. — Letcher Central saw a two-run lead get away late as Monroe County (Tenn.) rallied to beat the Lady Cougars, 6-3, in the Space Coast Spring Training Classic played on April 5.

 

Kaytlin Morgan and Meghan Combs had three hits each and Grayson Collier added two as LCC fell to 3-8. Alyssa Franklin had an RBI.

 

Rachel Spangler was the losing pitcher.

 

 

 

At Cocoa Beach, Fla.

 

(Space Coast Spring Training)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (3-8)….............................200 000 1 – 3-12-1

 

MC (7-6)…..............................000 042 x – 6-9-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Hannah Harlan

 

LP – Rachel Spangler

 

Hitting: Kaytlin Morgan 3h; Meghan Combs 3h; Grayson Collier 2h; Alyssa Franklin 1 RBI; Savannah Parson 1 RBI, Letcher Central.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, April 14, 2017

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