BACK SAFELY: Pikeville second baseman Andrew McNamee, right, applies the tag late on Magoffin County’s Jaren Lovely during a game played at Davis Park on March 21. The Panthers snapped a 4-all tie late to beat the Hornets, 13-5.
Medical Leader│Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER

High School Baseball Roundup: JC hammers P’burg; Pikeville, Valley roll

By: 
Teddy Paynter

STONECREST — Johnson Central took charge late against Prestonsburg as the Golden Eagle snapped a 1-1 tie with a three-run, fifth inning en route to a 10-1 win in a game played at Stone Crest Sports Complex on March 21.

 

Geordon Blanton had two hits, walked twice and drove in three runs as Johnson Central improved to 2-1.

 

Blake Delong added two hits and knocked in a pair of runs to back winning pitcher Tate Meade. Austin Davis collected two hits.

 

Reece Ison suffered the loss for the Blackcats, now 1-1.

 

 

 

At StoneCrest

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

JC (2-1)…..............................001 034 2 – 10-9-1

 

PB (1-1)….............................100 000 0 – 1-4-8

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Tate Meade

 

LP – Reece Ison

 

Hitting: Geordon Blanton 2h, 2-bb, 3 RBI; Blake Delong 2h, 2 RBI; Austin Davis 2h, Johnson Central.

 

 

 

Pike Central…......................…19

 

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

 

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Pike County Central made the most of seven hits as the Hawks erupted by scoring 16 runs in the final two innings for a 19-0 win over South Floyd in a game played at the Hawks Nest on March 21.

 

Seth Conn had a pair of doubles, scored twice and knocked in five runs as the Hawks improved to 3-2. Logan Hillerman tripled, scored three times and added a pair of RBI while Logan Dotson doubled, scored and knocked in three runs.

 

Brice Elkins and Colton Lindsey both scored three runs and batted in one apiece.

 

D’Sean Prinkleton was the winning pitcher while Brant Potter took the loss in the Raiders’ season opener.

 

 

 

At Buckleys Creek

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

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

 

PC (3-2)…..................................102 97 – 19-7-2

 

Pitching:

 

WP – D’Sean Prinkleton

 

LP – Brant Potter

 

Hitting: Daniel Thornsberry 1b, South Floyd; Seth Conn 2-2b, 2r, 5 RBI; Logan Hillerman 3b, 3r, 2 RBI; Logan Dotson 2b, 1r, 3 RBI; Brice Elkins 3r, 1 RBI; Colton Lindsey 3r, 1 RBI, Pike Central.

 

Shelby Valley….....................…11

 

Jenkins………….....................….3

 

ROBINSON CREEK – Shelby Valley erupted for nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull away and beat Jenkins, 11-3, in a game played at Dale Trivette Field on March 21.

 

Gabriel Brown doubled, scored and batted in three runs as the Wildcats improved to 3-1. Ty Riddle collected three hits, including a double and drove in a pair of runs.

 

Logan Billiter added two runs and scored twice while Jackson Wierwille singled, scored and added an RBI.

 

Grant Joyce was the winning pitcher.

 

Hayden Fleming had two singles and batted in one run for the Cavaliers, now 1-3. Brady Addington doubled, scored and added an RBI. Mason Jessey had two hits, scored and collected an RBI.

 

Coty Wright suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Robinson Creek

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

JK (1-3)….............................000 020 1 – 3-5-2

 

SV (3-1)….............................001 910 x – 11-9-2

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Grant Joyce

 

LP – Coty Wright

 

Hitting: Hayden Fleming 2-1b, 1 RBI; Brady Addington 2b, 1r, 1 RBI; Mason Jessey 2-1b, 1r, 1 RBI, Jenkins; Gabriel Brown 2b, 1r, 3 RBI; Ty Riddle 2b, 2-1b, 2 RBI; Logan Billiter 2-1b, 2r; Jackson Wierwille 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, Shelby Valley.

 

 

 

Lawrence County…..................11

 

Belfry……………….....................0

 

GOODY — Lawrence County’s C.J. Fairchild allowed just a double off the bat of Belfry’s Austin Woolum as the Bulldogs cruised to an 11-0 win in a game played at Massey Energy Field on March 21.

 

Kaleb Taylor suffered the loss as the Pirates dropped to 1-3.

 

Peyton Cyrus singled, scored and added an RBI while Fairchild singled and knocked in one run as Lawrence County improved to 3-1.

 

 

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (3-1)….................................252 20 – 11-15-0

 

BF (1-3)…..................................000 00 – 0- 1-6

 

Pitching:

 

WP – C.J. Fairchild

 

LP – Kaleb Taylor

 

Hitting: Peyton Cyrus 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; C.J. Fairchild 1b, 1 RBI, Lawrence County; Austin Woolum, 2b, Belfry.

 

 

 

Pikeville…………......................13

 

Magoffin County...................….5

 

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville used a three-run, fifth inning to snap a tie with Magoffin County and go on to win, 13-5, in a game played at Davis Park on March 21.

 

Clay Slone had three hits, scored a pair of runs and knocked home three as the Panthers improved to 5-0. Tanner Thompson and Nate Brown added one hit, scored twice and batted in two runs apiece while Cade Byers tripled, singled, and scored twice.

 

Christian Tackett was the winning pitcher while Ryan Mullins took the loss.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

MC (1-1)…..........................011 021 0 – 5- 8-3

 

PK (5-0)…...........................130 036 x – 13-13-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Christian Tackett

 

LP – Ryan Mullins

 

Hitting: Ethan Collins 2b, 2-1b, 1r, 2 RBI, Magoffin County; Cade Byers 3b, 1b, 2r; Nate Brown 1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Tanner Thompson 1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Clay Slone 3-1b, 2r, 3 RBI, Pikeville.

 

 

 

Sheldon Clark……...................10

 

Betsy Layne……….....................0

 

INEZ — Sheldon Clark’s Ethan Osborne tossed a no-hitter to lead the Cardinals to a 10-0 win over Betsy Layne in a game played on March 21.

 

Osborne also had two hits and drove in three runs as the Cardinals moved to 1-2. Dylan Stafford and Braxton McGinnis added a pair or RBI each.

 

Stevie Boyd took the loss as the Bobcats fell to 1-3.

 

 

 

At Inez

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

BL (1-3)….................................000 000 – 0-0-4

 

SC (1-2)….................................010 072 – 10-4-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Ethan Osborne

 

LP – Stevie Boyd

 

Hitting: Ethan Osborne 2h, 3 RBI; Dylan Stafford 1h, 2 RBI; Braxton McGinnis 2 RBI, Sheldon Clark.

 

 

 

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

 

Belfry……………........................3

 

GOODY — Shelby Valley winning pitcher Jacob Beverly singled home the winning run in the top of the seventh inning to rally the Wildcats past Belfry, 4-3, in a game played at Massey Energy Field on March 20.

 

Seth Bailey added two hits, including a double, scored and batted in one run as the Wildcats improved to 2-1.

 

Cameron Catron doubled, scored and knocked in one run for the Pirates (1-2) while Sean Cochran collected an RBI.

 

 

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

SV (2-1)…...............................002 010 1 – 4-2-2

 

BF (1-2)…...............................012 000 0 – 3-4-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Jacob Beverly

 

LP – Colton Cross

 

Hitting: Seth Bailey 2b, 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Jacob Beverly 1b, 1 RBI, Shelby Valley; Cameron Catron 2b, 1r, 1 RBI; Sean Cochran 1 RBI, Belfry.

 

 

 

Betsy Layne….........................14

 

East Ridge……..........................3

 

LICK CREEK — Betsy Layne used a seven-run, third inning to fuel a 14-3 win over East Ridge in a game played at the Reservation on March 20.

 

Winning pitcher Stevie Boyd, Zach Bentley and Kolby McGuire knocked home a pair of runs each as the Bobcats won for the first time in three games.

 

Dakota Miller took the loss in East Ridge’s seasonal opener.

 

 

 

At Lick Creek

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

BL (1-2)…...................................107 33 – 14-8-1

 

ER (0-1)…...................................000 03 – 3-1-4

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Stevie Boyd

 

LP – Dakota Miller

 

Hitting: Stevie Boyd 2 RBI; Zach Bentley 2 RBI; Kolby McGuire 2 RBI, Betsy Layne.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Jenkins…………......................…1

 

JENKINS — Letcher Central scored seven times in the top of the first inning and rolled to an 11-1 win over Jenkins in a game played on March 20.

 

Alec Fields collected three hits and drove in six runs as the Cougars won for the first time in four games. Jonathan Potter and Trevor Hardin both knocked in a pair of runs each while Israel Terry had two hits.

 

Max Baker allowed just three hits to earn the win.

 

Cody Snell had two hits for the Cavaliers, who fell to 1-2. Matthew Jessey suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Jenkins

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (1-3)................................….700 301 – 11-4-0

 

JK (1-2)…..................................001 000 – 1-3-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Max Baker

 

LP – Matthew Jessey

 

Hitting: Alec Fields 3h, 6 RBI; Jonathan Potter 2 RBI; Trevor Hardin 2 RBI; Israel Terry 2h, Letcher Central; Cody Snell 2h, Jenkins.

 

 

 

Pikeville…….............................9

 

Pike Central…..........................3

 

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville took an early lead against Pike County Central and went on to score a 9-3 win in a game played at Davis Park on March 20.

 

Cade Byers singled and scored twice while Nate Brown scored and drove in one run as Pikeville moved to 4-0. Andrew McNamee singled and drove in one run while Peyton Hamilton and Clay Slone each singled and scored.

 

Kevin Justice was the winning pitcher.

 

Brice Elkins had two hits, scored and knocked home one run as the Hawks fell to 2-2. D’Sean Prinkleton singled and scored while losing pitcher Seth Conn added an RBI.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PC (2-2)…...............................001 000 2 – 3-3-3

 

PK (4-0)…...............................110 151 x – 9-5-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Kevin Justice

 

LP – Seth Conn

 

Hitting: Brice Elkins 2-1b, 1r, 1 RBI; D’Sean Prinkleton 1b, 1r; Seth Conn 1 RBI, Pike Central; Cade Byers 1b, 2r; Nate Brown 1r, 1 RBI; Andrew McNamee 1b, 1 RBI; Peyton Hamilton 1b, 1r; Clay Slone 1b, 1r, Pikeville.

 

 

 

Johnson Central….....................5

 

Russell……………......................4

 

PAINTSVILLE — Johnson Central’s seventh-inning rally carried the Golden Eagles to a 5-4 win over Russell in the season opener played on March 18.

 

Trevor May was the winning pitcher in relief. Riley Preece had an RBI.

 

Jacob Patton took the loss for Russell, now 2-1.

 

 

 

At Paintsville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

RS (2-1)…............................…000 220 0 – 4-6-0

 

JC (1-0)……............................002 000 3 – 5-4-4

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Trevor May

 

LP – Jacob Patton

 

Hitting: Brandon Brewer 2h, 2 RBI; Nick Conley 2h, 1 RBI, Russell; Riley Preece 1 RBI, Johnson Central.

 

 

 

Perry Central……......................8

 

Johnson Central….....................7

 

PAINTSVILLE — Johnson Central saw a six-run lead slip away as Perry County Central rallied to stun the Golden Eagles, 8-7, in a game played on March 18.

 

Tate Meade suffered the loss in relief of Braxton Kelly.

 

Geordon Blanton and Riley Preece each reached base twice on walks while Blake Gamble added a single.

 

Ryan Couch was the winner for the Commodores, now 4-0.

 

 

 

At Paintsville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PCC (4-0)…........................000 005 3 – 8-6-4

 

JC (1-1)…….........................120 300 1 – 7-3-5

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Ryan Couch

 

LP – Tate Meade

 

Hitting: Blake Gamble 1b; Geordon Blanton 2-bb; Riley Preece 2-bb, Johnson Central.