INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — After trailing by as many as 19 points in the second half, sixth-seeded University of Pikeville was within four of No. 3-seed Langston (Okla.) with under two minutes to play, but the comeback came up short in the end for an 80-71 loss in the first round of the NAIA National Championship on March 18.

Against a team that was beating its opponents by nearly 30 points per game, the Bears showed no fear, even after trailing by 15 at halftime and by double digits for most of the second half.

Khalilah Quigley, who matched the game high of 19 points, scored the Bears’ last bucket to make it 75-71 with 1:32 to play, but Langston scored the last five points of the game at the stripe to move on to the second round.

Aundrea Matchen joined Quigley in double figures with 18 points off the bench and Kandice Porter finished with eight points and five rebounds. T’Keya Mason paced Langston with 19 points and Lulu Perry chipped in with 15.

The Lions outshot UPIKE 46.2 to 34.2 percent from the field and led the game on the boards 51-40. Pikeville ended up with less turnovers at 14-10.

Langston wasted no time jumping out to a 7-0 lead, ending the early run with a three from Lynette Holmes in the corner. Porter got the Bears their first points with a put back and Quigley banked in a three shortly after to make it 10-5.

The Lions had no trouble scoring over the first seven minutes, but time and time again UPIKE came up with big baskets. Trailing 16-10, Matchen continued that trend with a contested three to keep the Bears close.

Midway through the half though, the shots stopped falling for the Bears, leading to Langston grabbing a 24-15 lead with the help of two straight offensive rebounds and easy buckets.

Down but not out, the Bears outscored the Lions 7-1 over the next three minutes to trim the deficit back down to three at 25-22. But as it’s done all season, Langston fired back with a quick, deflating run, outscoring the Bears 11-6 to take its largest lead yet of 10 points.

With three minutes on the clock, Mason delivered a dagger with a deep three, followed by Holmes getting loose for a layup after a UPIKE miss to help Langston to a 43-28 lead.

The Lions outscored UPIKE 16-4 over the final six minutes of the half to enter the break with a 45-30 advantage.

Much like the start of the game, Langston opened the second half scoring the first four points to push the lead to 19.

For the next seven minutes though, UPIKE outscored Langston 11-5, getting under the halftime deficit for the first time at 54-41 with a three from Devin Conley.

Two possessions later, it was Conley coming through again as she lost the handle on the fast break, but recovered at the top of the key to bury a second straight three.

It got UPIKE within 10 at 56-46 with just over 10 minutes left.

Ten points became the stopping point for the Bears’ runs for the next several minutes as they cut the deficit there multiple times. The breakthrough finally came with 3:50 to go when Jamie Castle delivered a layup to get within eight.

Quigley grabbed a board on the other end, quickly pushed it ahead to Kayla Day for an easy two and suddenly UPIKE had new life within six at 70-64.

The comeback continued as Castle swiped a steal out of the hands of Holmes, drew a foul and made one free throw to get within five.

Following a one-for-two showing at the stripe by Langston, Quigley cut into the deficit even further with a layup on the other end, but four points would be as close as UPIKE would get as Langston took care of business at the Bears’ last few attempts were off the mark.

UPIKE ends its season with a 23-9 overall record. Langston advanced to the second round now at 28-3.



At Independence, Mo.

SCORE BY HALVES:

LU (28-3)….........................................45  35 – 80

UP (23-9)….........................................30  41 – 71

Scoring:

Langston, OK (80) – Morgan Lee 6 2-3 14; Lynette Holmes 4(1) 2-3 13; T’Keya Mason 6(1) 4-4 19; Lulu Perry 4 7-11 15; Jhordyn Patton 1 3-4 5; Shanequa Gaston 2 0-0 4; Amber Warren 1 0-0 2; Sharron Carter 1 0-1 2; and Che’Ron Lewis 3 0-2 6. Totals: 28(2) 18-28 80.

UPIKE (71) – Kandice Porter 3 2-2 8; Khalilah Quigley 6(1) 4-8 19; Jamie Castle 2 3-4 7; Kelah Eldridge 1(1) 2-2 7; Kayla Day 1 0-0 2; Aundrea Matchen 5(2) 2-2 18; Devin Conley 0(2) 0-0 6; and Erin Swatzel 1 2-2 4. Totals: 19(6) 15-22 71.



ERMINE — Letcher Central’s Zane Blair drove in four runs to lead the Cougars to a 13-3 win over Breathitt County in a mercy-rule game played on March 18.

Blair doubled and scored twice as the Cougars moved to 2-0. Breathitt County dropped to 0-2.

Jordan Maggard walked three times, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs while Ben Mason doubled.

Israel Terry was the winning pitcher.



At Ermine

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                                                        R-H-E

BC (0-2)….....................................................................002  10 –   3-2-3

LCC (2-0)......................................................................163  12 – 13-5-1

Pitching:

WP – Israel Terry

Hitting: Zane Blair 2b, 2r, 4 RBIs; Ben Mason, 2b; Jordan Maggard 3-bb, hbp, 3r, Letcher Central.



Jenkins………..........................12

Pikeville………..........................7

PIKEVILLE — Jenkins’ Caitlynn Estevez hit and pitched the Lady Cavaliers to a 12-7 win over Pikeville in a game played at Myers Field on March 17.

Estevez had three doubles while Melissa Bartley and Makayla Seals added one each.

Pikeville’s Camryn Slone tripled twice for the Lady Panthers, now 0-2.

Estevez picked up the win while Erica Conn took the loss.

Jenkins improved to 3-0.



At Pikeville

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                        R

JHS (3-0)…..................................004  005  3 – 12

PHS (0-2)….................................002  002  3 –   7

Pitching:

WP – Caitlynn Estevez

LP – Erica Conn

Hitting: Caitlynn Estevez 3-2b; Melissa Bartley 2b; Makayla Seals 2b, Jenkins; Camryn Slone 2-3b, Pikeville.



Allen Central…........................11

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

DRIFT — Allen Central erupted for 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to score an 11-0 win over South Floyd in a game played at Johnny Turner Field on March 17.

Cameron Nelson pounded out three hits and drove in four runs while Kane Taylor added two hits and two runs batted in as the Rebels moved to 2-0. Steven Howard knocked in two runs.

Austin Lawson was the winning pitcher. He allowed only a single to Darren Tackett. Chase Caudill took the loss in the Raiders season opener.



At Drift

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

SF (0-1)…............................000       00 –   0-  1-2

AC (2-0)...........................…000  (11)x – 11-10-0

Pitching:

WP – Austin Lawson

LP – Chase Caudill

Hitting: Darren Tackett 1h, South Floyd; Cameron Nelson 3h, 4 RBIs; Kane Taylor 2h, 2 RBIs; Steven Howard, 2 RBIs, Allen Central.



Pikeville………........................15

Prestonsburg……......................1

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville pushed across seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and rolled to a 15-1 win over Prestonsburg in a game played at Davis Park on March 17.

Clay Slone and Tanner Thompson had two hits each, scored twice and batted in a pair runs each as Pikeville improved to 3-2. Cade Byers added two hits, two runs scored and one RBI. Peyton Hamilton had two hits, scored one run and batted in two.

Jarin Hall singled and knocked in the lone run for Prestonsburg.

Michael McDonald was the winning pitcher while Bryce Tucker suffered the loss.



At Pikeville

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

PB (0-2)….................................001  00 –   1-  4-4

PHS (3-2)..................................700  8x – 15-11-2

Pitching:

WP – Michael McDonald

LP – Bryce Tucker

Hitting: Reece Ison, 2b; Jarin Hall 1b, 1 RBI, Prestonsburg; Clay Slone 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBIs; Tanner Thompson 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBIs; Cade Byers 2-1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Peyton Hamilton 2-1b, 1r, 2 RBIs; Andrew McNamee 1b, 2 RBIs; Connor Risner 2r, 2 RBIs, Pikeville.



J.I. Burton…….........................11

Jenkins………….........................1

NORTON, Va. — Jenkins’ offensive woes continued as J.I. Burton broke open a close game late to post an 11-1 win in a game played on March 17.

Losing pitcher Jordan Delph had the lone hit for Jenkins, now 0-2.

Isaac Davis and Isaac Perrigan had three hits and drove in a pair of runs each while Landon Mullins picked up the win.



At Norton, Va.

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

JHS (0-2)….............................000  100 –   1-  1-3

JIB (2-0)…..........................…101  711 – 11-12-1

Pitching;

WP – Landon Mullins

LP – Jordan Delph

Hitting: Jordan Delph, 1h, Jenkins; Isaac Davis 3h, 2 RBIs; Isaac Perrigan 3h, 2 RBIs, J.I. Burton.



Lawrence County…..................12

Shelby Valley……....................…2

LOUISA — Lawrence County scored in every inning as the Bulldogs cruised past Shelby Valley, 12-2, in a game played on March 17.

Brent Adkins and Chris Gunter had two hits each for the Wildcats, now 0-2. Austin Elswick doubled and walk in the loss.

Zach Keesee had three hits for the Dawgs (2-0) and Chase Covernell added two hits while driving in two runs.

Brook Turner was the winning pitcher while McKenzie Fields took the loss.



At Louisa

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

SV (0-2)…..................................100  10 –   2-6-2

LC (2-0)…..................................323  13 – 12-8-2

Pitching:

WP – Brook Turner

LP – McKenzie Fields

Hitting: Brent Adkins 2-1b; Chris Gunter 2-1b; Austin Elswick 2b, bb, Shelby Valley; Zach Keesee 3h, Chase Covernell 2h, 2 RBIs, Lawrence County.





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BACK IN TIME: Allen Central baserunner Cameron Blevins dives back into first base as Belfry’s Jordan Scott applies the tag too late. The Rebels opened the season with a 13-5 win over the Pirates at Massey Energy Field on March 16.

GOODY — Allen Central erupted for six innings in the top of the first inning and went on to hammer Belfry, 13-5, in the season opener for both teams played at Massey Energy Field on March 16.

Steven Howard had three hits, scored twice and batted in four runs while Kane Taylor added two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Tanner Hamilton doubled, scored and knocked in two runs while Cameron Blevins singled and scored twice.

Jacob Francisco had two hits, scored and drove in one run for the Pirates. Jordan Scott had two hits and Taylor singled, scored and drove in one run.

Dillion Lawson went four innings to earn the win. Losing pitcher Keaton Taylor pitched just one inning.



At Goody

SCOSRE BY INNINGS:                             R-H-E

AC (1-0)............................…600  040  3 – 13-9-1

BHS (0-1)..............................001  100  3 –   5-9-4

Pitching:

WP – Dillion Lawson

LP – Keaton Taylor

Hitting: Steven Howard 3-1b, 2r, 4 RBIs; Kane Taylor 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBIs; Tanner Hamilton, 2b, 1r, 2 RBIs; Cameron Blevins 1b, 2r, Allen Central; Jacob Francisco 2-1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Keaton Taylor 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Jordan Scott 2-1b, Belfry.



Perry Central…...................……5

Jenkins……………......................2

HAZARD — Perry County Central pushed across five runs in the bottom of the third inning and went on to hand Jenkins a 5-2 loss in the season opener for both school on March 16.

Losing pitcher Randy Potter allowed the Commodores just one hit.

Jenkins’ Jordan Delph had the only hit for the Cavaliers. He drove in two runs in the seventh inning to avoid the shutout.



At Hazard

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

JHS (0-1)............................….000  002  0 – 2-1-1

PCC (1-0)............................…005  000  x – 5-1-2

Pitching:

WP – Evan Hurt

LP – Randy Potter

Hitting: Jordan Delph, 1h, 2 RBIs, Jenkins.



Pikeville………......................….7

Magoffin County....................…4

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville pushed across four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a 3-all tie and the Panthers went on to beat Magoffin County, 7-4, in a game played at Davis Park on March 16.

Clay Slone had three hits, including a double, and scored twice as the Panthers evened their record at 2-2. Michael McDonald tripled, scored and batted in two runs.

Peyton Hamilton was the winning pitcher while Magoffin County’s Tyler Fitzpatrick took the loss.



At Pikeville

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

MC (0-2)…..............................100  111  0 – 4-6-1

PHS (2-2).............................…300  040  x – 7-7-1

Pitching:

WP – Peyton Hamilton

LP – Tyler Fitzpatrick

Hitting: Clay Slone 2-1b, 2b, 2r; Michael McDonald 3b, 1r, 2 RBIs, Pikeville.



Letcher Central…....................10

Leslie County……......................8

ERMINE — Letcher Central built a seven-run lead against Leslie County and held on for a 10-8 win in the season opener for both teams on March 16.

Zane Blair had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in three runs to lead the Cougars. Logan Gibbs added three hits, including a double. He knocked in two runs while Jordan Rose scored three times.

Dalton Dollarhide was the winning hurler while Seth Melton suffered the loss for the Eagles.

At Ermine

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

LC (0-1)…................................020  010  5 – 8-9-3

LCC (1-0).................................101  107  x  10-7-2

Pitching:

WP – Dalton Dollarhide

LP – Seth Melton

Hitting: Zane Blair 2-2b, 1b, 3 RBIs; Logan Gibbs 2-1b, 2b, 2 RBIs; Jordan Rose 3r, Letcher Central.



Pike Central…….......................6

Pikeville……….......................…4

PIKEVILLE —  Pike County Central built an early four-run lead against Pikeville and went on to score a 6-4 win in a game played at Davis Park on March 14.

Andrew Fields pounded out three hits, scored once and drove home one run while Mac Justice singled, scored and batted in another to lead the Hawks. Brad Elkins added a single and scored twice in the season opener.

Michael McDonald doubled, singled and scored for Pikeville, now 1-2. Clay Slone had two hits and scored while Connor Risner tripled and scored.

Charlie Cokely was the winning pitcher while Isaac Lucas was tagged with the loss.



At Pikeville

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

PCC (1-0)..........................….320  000  1 – 6-9-1

PHS (1-2)…............................100  021  0 – 4-7-6

Pitching:

WP – Charlie Cokely

LP – Isaac Lucas

Hitting: Andrew Fields 3-1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Brad Elkins 1b, 2r; Mac Justice, 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, Pike Central; Michael McDonald 2b, 1b, 1r; Clay Slone 2-1b, 1r; Connor Risner 3b, 1r, Pikeville.



Pikeville………........................20

Betsy Layne……........................1

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville pounded out 13 hits and scored 12 times in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 20-1 win over Betsy Layne in a game played at Davis Park on March 14.

Tanner Roop had three hits, including a pair of doubles, to lead the Panthers (1-1). He scored twice and drove in four runs. Michael McDonald had two hits, including a double. He scored twice and batted in three runs while Peyton Hamilton had two hits, drove in two and scored three times. Cade Byers tripled, scored two runs and knocked home two.

Jonathan Brock doubled and scored for the Bobcats in their opener. Tyler Collins singled and knocked in one run.

Clay Slone was the winning pitcher while Peyton Case took the loss.



At Pikeville

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                 R-H-E

BL (0-1)…..................................100  00 –   1-  3-1

PHS (1-1)..............................(12)61  1x – 20-13-0

Pitching:

WP – Clay Slone

LP – Peyton Case

Hitting: Jonathan Brock 2b, 1r; Tyler Collins 1b, 1 RBI, Betsy Layne; Tanner Roop 2-2b, 1b, 2r, 4 RBIs; Michael McDonald 2b, 1b, 2r, 3 RBIs; Peyton Hamilton 2-1b, 3r, 2 RBIs; Cade Byers 3b, 2r, 2 RBIs, Pikeville.

LOUISA — Lawrence County pushed across six runs in the bottom of the first inning and held off Pikeville for a 7-5 win in the season opener for both teams played on March 16.

Alexis Stanley and Emily Hughes had a pair of hits each to lead the Lady Panthers, who trailed 7-0 before rallying late to close to within two runs.

Meagan Cochran suffered the loss.

Lawrence County’s Ciana Bowen earned the win.



At Louisa

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                        R

PHS (0-1)..................................….000  101  3 – 5

LC (1-0)…......................................601  000  x – 7

Pitching:

WP – Ciana Bowen

LP – Meagan Cochran

Hitting: Alexis Stanley 2h; Emily Hughes, 2h, Pikeville.



Jenkins……........................…..14

Belfry…………...........................4

JENKINS — Jenkins scored in each of the first four innings against Belfry and cruised to a 14-4 mercy-rule win in a game played on March 16.

Lexi Stambaugh had a pair of doubles and Charity Niece added an extra-base hit to back the pitching of Caitlynn Estevez.

Belfry’s Alixandria Young doubled. Kendra Gannon took the loss.



At Jenkins

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                 R

BHS (0-1)...............................…..000  040 –   4

JHS (2-0)…..................................323  402 – 14

Pitching:

WP – Caitlynn Estevez

LP – Kendra Gannon

Hitting: Alixandria Young, 2b, Belfry; Lexi Stambaugh 2-2b, Charity Niece 2b, Jenkins.



Pike Central……......................17

Betsy Layne…….....................…7

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Pike Central erased an early deficit against Betsy Layne and rolled to a 17-7 win in the season opener for both schools played on March 16.

Summer Johnson tripled, doubled and drove in four runs for the Lady Bobcats. Brandy Morrow was tagged with the loss.

Molli Huffman had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in two runs to support winning pitcher Beth Reed. Alyssa Collins doubled, singled and knocked in one run while Taylor Sowards had two hits and batted in one run.



At Buckleys Creek

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                        R

BL (0-1)….........................................330  10 –    7

PCC (1-0)..........................................701  81 – 17

Pitching:

WP – Beth Reed

LP – Brandy Morrow

Hitting: Summer Johnson 3b, 2b, 4 RBIs, Betsy Layne; Molli Huffman 2-2b, 1b, 2 RBIs; Alyssa Collins 2b, 1b, 1 RBI; Taylor Sowards 2-1b, 1 RBI; Beth Reed 2b, 1 RBI; Cheyenne Harlow 1b, 1 RBI, Pike Central.



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

Harlan…….............................…2

JENKINS — Jenkins broke open a close game late to defeat Harlan, 7-2, in the season opener for both teams in a game played on March 12.

Pitching ace Caitlynn Estevez allowed just two late runs to earn the win while Madison Brewer was tagged with the loss.

Melissa Bartley tripled and Lexi Stambaugh added a double to lead the offensive attack for the Lady Cavaliers.



At Jenkins

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                        R

Harlan (0-1)…...............................000  001  1 – 2

Jenkins (1-0)…..............................100  222  x – 7

Pitching:

WP – Caitlynn Estevez

LP – Madison Brewer

Hitting: Melissa Bartley, 3b; Lexi Stambaugh 2b, Jenkins







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OUT AT SECOND: Pikeville High School second baseman Andrew McNamee (left) tags Paintsville courtesy runner Luke Trimble (1) out during the season opener for both teams at Davis Park on March 12. The Tigers knocked off the Panthers in eight innings, 8-7.

PIKEVILLE — Paintsville’s Luke Daniels drove home two runs with a base hit in the top of the eighth inning and the Tigers held off Pikeville for an 8-7 win in the season opener for both teams played at Davis Park on March 12.

With the game tied at 4-all in the top of the seventh, the Tigers grabbed a 6-4 lead on a two-run single off the bat of Gabe Burchell. Daniels had singled and scored while Kash Daniel walked and scored.

Pikeville came right back to tie the game at 6-all in the home half of the inning. Peyton Hamilton walked and Tanner Thompson reached on an error. Both scored on errors.

Daniels, who finished with three hits, three runs scored and three batted in, put the Tigers up 1-0 in the third inning with a single. He later scored on a base hit by Kash Daniel to make it 2-0.

Tanner Smith singled home Ben Daniels on a base hit to push the lead to 3-0 before the Panthers erupted to score four times in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead.

McDonald, Thompson, Cade Byers and Andrew McNamee all reached base without a hit. McNamee reached on an error to score McDonald and Thompson crossed the plate on a base hit by Tanner Roop. Caleb Skeens singled home Byers and Isaac Lucas walked to bring home McNamee.

Burchell added two hits for Paintsville, including a triple. He also drove in three runs.

McDonald had two singles, scored and drove in one for the Panthers.

Matt Miller was the winner in relief. Hamilton took the loss.



At Pikeville

SCORE BY INNINGS:                    R-H-E

PV (1-0)…...............002  110  22 – 8-11-6

PHS (0-1).................000  400  21 – 7- 6-3

Pitching:

WP – Matt Miller

LP – Peyton Hamilton

Hitting: Luke Daniels 3-1b, 3r, 3RBIs; Gabe Burchell 3b, 1b, 3RBIs; Kent Phelps 2-1b, 2r, Paintsville; Michael McDonald 2-1b, 1r, 1RBI; Tanner Thompson 1b, 2r; Tanner Roop 1b, 1RBI; Caleb Skeens 1b, 1RBI, Pikeville.


PIKEVILLE — The Sixth Annual Eastern Kentucky Sport Boat & RV Show, begins today, March 20, and ends Sunday, March 22.

The show will feature the latest boating, fishing, hunting, camping or RV products from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 20, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on March 21 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 22 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.

Admission is $5 per adult and children age 12 and younger will be admitted free. Free fishing is also available for kids.

The show is sponsored by the Expo Center, Inter Mountain Cable, Mikrotec and WYMT.

For details, call 606-438-7506 or 606-436-5757. More information is also available on the East Kentucky Sport, Boat & RV Show Facebook page.



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COLLEGE BASEBALL: University of Pikeville pitcher Dalton Dahley delivers a pitch during the Bears game against Asbury University at Johnnie LeMaster Field on March 17.

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Bears erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead away from Asbury University en route to a come-from-behind 7-3 win in a game played at Johnny LeMaster Field on March 17.

Logan Sales was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Dalton Dahley. Brenden Wells took the loss.

Designated hitter Josh Bailey had two hits, scored twice and batted in one run while Jacob DiThomas singled and scored twice. Connor Osborne singled, scored and knocked home one run.



At Pikeville

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

AU (2-8)…..........................010  002  000 – 3-7-3

UP (10-6)….........................100  015  00x – 7-7-1

Pitching:

WP – Logan Sales

LP – Brenden Wells

Hitting: Josh Bailey 2-1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Connor Osborne 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Jacob DiThomas 1b, 2r, UPIKE.



Georgetown…....................…….6

UPIKE……………........................1

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown College completed a series sweep of the University of Pikeville with a 6-1 win in the finale played on March 16.

The Bears, who fell to 9-6, trailed only 1-0 through seven innings before the Tigers (4-5) erupted for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break the game open.

Josh Bailey took the loss while Payton Lobdell earned the win.

UPIKE’s Erik Manning had two hits, including a double, and drove in the lone run.



At Georgetown

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

UP (9-6)…...........................000  000  001 – 1-5-3

GC (4-5)…..........................001  000  05x – 6-7-0

Pitching:

WP – Payton Lobdell

LP – Josh Bailey

Hitting: Erik Manning 2b, 1b, 1 RBI, Pikeville.



Bears tumble at Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — The University of Pikeville took early leads in both games against Georgetown, but the Bears dropped a twin bill to the Tigers, falling 14-5 and 4-3 in games played on March 14.

James Brooks was tagged with the loss in the nightcap while A.J. Crakner took the opening-game loss.

Cody Chagnon blasted a home run in game run. He drove in two runs. Chagnon added a single and scored in game two.

Mike Peluffo had two hits in game one, including a double. He scored once and batted in one run. Jacob DiThomas singled and knocked home one run.

Erik Manning scored twice in game two.



At Georgetown

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

UP (9-5)..............................…020  100  0 – 3-3-1

GC (3-5)…..............................000  030  1 – 4-6-2

Pitching:

WP – Ryan Serrato

LP – James Brooks

Hitting: Cody Chagnon 1b, 1r; Erik Manning 2r, UPIKE.



At Georgetown

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

UP (9-4)…..........................020  000  2 –   4-  5-1

GC (2-5)…..........................002  056  1 – 14-16-1

Pitching:

WP – Tyler Arthur

LP – A.J. Carkner

Hitting: Cody Chagnon HR, 1r, 2 RBIs; Mike Peluffo 2b, 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Jacob DiThomas 1b, 1 RBI, UPIKE.


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PIKEVILLE — Six straight wins and counting.

The University of Pikeville Bears took a doubleheader from Union College at Paul Butcher Field, winning 10-2 and 7-4 in games played on March 17.

Third baseman Breana Pineda blasted her third home run of the season while going 3-for-3 in the opener. She also doubled and singled in game two.

Designated player Hawley Ill tripled and added two hits and a run scored in the nightcap while outfielder Haley Jo Patton added a double, scored and drove in one run.



At Pikeville

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

UC (10-12)……......................200  000  2 – 4-9-0

UP (6-2)…….......................…101  041  x – 7-9-2

Pitching:

WP – Lauren Barnes

LP – Natalie Morrow

Hitting: Haley Jo Patton 2b, 1r, 2 RBIs; Hawley Ill 3b, 2-1b, 1r; Eady Beth Connally 1b, 2 RBIs; Alexis Ellstrom 1b, 2 RBIs, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

UC (10-11)…...........................010  100 –  2-  5-0

UP (5-2)……...........................304  201 – 10-12-1

Pitching:

WP – Sydney Morris

LP – Megan Baldwin

Hitting: Breana Pineda HR, 2-1b, 2r, 3 RBIs; Hawley Ill 2b, 2-1b, 3r, 2 RBIs; Hollie Hinkle 1b, 1r, 2 RBIs, UPIKE.



UPIKE…………….....................6-9

WVU-Tech……….....................0-2

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. —The University of Pikeville Bears ran their winning streak to four straight games with a doubleheader sweep of West Virginia Tech at Little Creek Park on March 15.

The Bears, now 4-2, took the opener 6-0 before rolling in the nightcap, 9-2.

Hawley Ill went the distance in game two to get the win while Sydney Morris was solid in the game-one win, allowing just one hit. Morris finished with 10 strikeouts.

Third baseman Breana Pineda belted her second home run of the season in the nightcap, while driving in four runs. She also added a single. Outfielder Kayla Brown had a pair of singles, scored and knocked home two more runs.

In the opener, Whitney Back had two doubles and drove in three runs while scoring once. Eady Beth Connally singled, scored twice and batted in two runs. Pineda singled and batted in a pair.



At South Charleston, W.Va.

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

UP (3-2)…........................….020  022  0 – 6-10-2

WVUT (2-5).........................000  000  0 – 0-  1-2

Pitching:

WP – Sydney Morris

LP – Mackenzie Wilson

Hitting: Breana Pineda HR, 1b, 1r, 4 RBIs; Kayla Brown 2-1b, 1r, 2 RBIs;



At South Charleston, W.Va.

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

UP (4-2)……...........................012   303 – 9-10-0

WVUT (2-6)........................…000   02x – 2-  7-1

Pitching:

WP – Hawley Ill

LP – Samantha Sirles

Hitting: Whitney Back 2-2b, 1r, 3 RBIs; Eady Beth Connally 1b, 2r, 2 RBIs; Breana Pineda 1b, 2 RBIs, UPIKE.

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPIKE was outrebounded 57-40 and had its top scorer Kenny Manigault limited to six first-half minutes with early foul trouble, but still found a way to win 94-86 against Bethel (Tenn.) in the first round of the NAIA National Championship on Thursday.

Macari Brooks pushed the UPIKE (26-5) offense with a team-high 21 points, while Michael Eneh made the most of a starting role with three points and eight big rebounds. The Bears shot 46.9 percent from the field while limiting the Wildcats to a 37.9-percent showing.

Free throws paid off for the Bears as well, hitting 30 of 40, compared to 18 of 31 for Bethel.

The Wildcats were led by Caleb Hardy with 31 points and 11 rebounds, while Mikel Terrance also posted a double-double of 16 points and 11 boards.

Bethel (23-9) was on the attack early and often, doing its best to get the Bears in foul trouble.

The plan worked perfectly over the first several minutes as the Bears had a 6-2 foul advantage with 13:05 on the clock. Two of those fouls were on Manigault, putting him on the bench for the rest of the half.

Despite the circumstances, the Bears found energy from a breakaway, one-handed slam from Eneh energized the team. It was only a 9-8 lead for UPIKE before the dunk, but it started a 14-2 run to see it go up by 13 points.

It wasn’t only UPIKE ready to go on a run as the Wildcats went to work on the offensive glass and answered with a 14-2 burst of their own. At the end of the rally, it was back to a one-point game with UPIKE on top 25-24. It didn’t stop there either as the Bears came right back with an 8-0 run and led 38-29 after a Brooks three with 2:45 left until halftime.

The half closed with back-to-back threes from each team, including one from Trey Rakes in the final seconds to give UPIKE a 41-35 lead at the break.

Bethel scored seven of the first nine points in the second half to make it a two-point game and trimmed it to one on a free throw by Eddie Green at the 15:49 mark.

In danger of trailing for the first time in the game, it was Brooks coming through again with a big 3-pointer. Three minutes later he hit another one deep in the corner and UPIKE had its lead back in double figures at 60-50 for the first time since being up 20-10.

Bethel wouldn’t go away in the later stages of the game, keeping within six points at 75-69 on a bucket from Hardy. With 5:30 to play it was still a six-point game at 79-73 after a pair of Bethel free throws, then on its next possession Green made a basket to trim it to four.

With 2:34 to play, it was still a four-point lead for the Bears until K.K. Simmons and Manigault converted two straight fast-break chances to quickly push out to an 88-80 advantage.

Following an offensive board on a missed lob to Brooks, Manigault called for it at the top of the key and drove straight to the cup to go back up by 10 with a minute to go. The Wildcats briefly got back within eight, but that’s as close as they would get.

PRESTONSBURG — Local nonprofit organizations invite the public to learn more about developing sustainable agriculture and energy efficiency during the 5th Annual Growing Appalachia conference this weekend.

The day-long conference will offer information about healthier living and self-sufficiency. Workshops will have three tracks:

•Production: Geared toward home production methods

•Entrepreneur: Geared toward community-scale businesses

•Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Geared toward energy

“Growing Appalachia is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in getting more out of their garden and also for folks who may be thinking about expanding into farming or a new business,” conference planner Bev May said.

Cathy Rehmeyer of Pikeville will teach bio-intensive gardening at the conference.

“Each year I’ve gotten lots of useful garden tips, learned strategies for saving energy and been encouraged to see how many new small farms and creative businesses are starting up right here at home,” said May.

Heirloom seed expert Bill Best is the keynote speaker.

Sponsored by the Big Sandy Chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, the Community Farm Alliance, Floyd County Farmers Market, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development and Grow Appalachia, the conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park’s Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center.

Admission is free and a $10 donation is requested. Pre-registration is requested to ensure there is enough locally-sourced food available for lunch.

To register, visit http://kftc.org/growing or call 606-263-4982.

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