ON THE DIAMOND: Shelby Valley third baseman Jackson Wierwille tagged Pike County Central’s Seth Conn out at third in a “bang, bang” play during a game at Dale Trivette Field. The Hawks topped the Wildcats, 9-2.
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High School Baseball/Softball Roundup: Tomcats thump Belfry; Pikeville tops Letcher

By: 
Teddy Paynter

ASHLAND — Ashland Blazer scored early and often as the Tomcats rolled to an 18-0 win over Belfry in a game halted after five innings on the mercy rule played on March 18.

 

Colton Cross tripled and singled for Belfry’s lone hits off winner Jake Lewis. Avery Browning took the loss as the Pirates dropped to 1-1.

 

Evan Dickinson had three hits, including a double, scored twice and drove in three runs while Cody Thompson added two hits, including a double, scored and knocked in one run.

 

 

 

At Ashland

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

BF (1-1)…..............................00 0 00 – 0-2-8

 

AB (2-1).............................…41(10) 3x – 18-9-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Jake Lewis

 

LP – Avery Browning

 

Hitting: Colton Cross 3b, 1b, Belfry; Evan Dickinson 2b, 2-1b, FC, 2r, 3 RBI; Cody Thompson 2b, 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, Ashland Blazer.

 

 

 

Pikeville……...........................14

 

Letcher Central…......................4

 

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville erupted for 14 hits en route to a 14-4 win over Letcher County Central in a game played at Davis Park on March 18.

 

Jackson Hensley had three hits, including a triple, scored three times and drove in three runs as the Panthers improved to 3-0.

 

Andrew McNamee added two hits, including a double, scored and knocked home three runs while Mikey McDonald collected a pair of singles, scored twice and batted in two runs. Cade Byers had three hits, scored and added a pair of RBI.

 

Alec Fields singled, scored and knocked in two runs as the Cougars fell to 0-3. Colton Yonts added two hits and scored while Logan Gibbs doubled and scored.

 

Jake Slone suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (0-3)…...............................030 001 – 4- 6-2

 

PK (3-0)…...............................503 114 – 14-14-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Peyton Hamilton

 

LP – Jake Slone

 

Hitting: Alec Fields 1b, 1r, 2 RBI; Colton Yonts 2-1b, 1r; Logan Gibbs 2b, 1r, Letcher Central; Jackson Hensley 3b, 2-1b, 3r, 3 RBI; Andrew McNamee 2b, 1b, 1r, 3 RBI; Mikey McDonald 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Cade Byers 3-1b, 1r, 2 RBI, Pikeville.

 

 

 

Prestonsburg……......................5

 

Powell County…........................0

 

STONECREST — Prestonsburg pitcher Scott Stapleton worked a complete game shutout as the Blackcats defeated Powell County, 5-0, in a game played at the StoneCrest Sport Complex on March 18.

 

Stapleton scattered three hits as the Blackcats improved to 1-1.

 

Reece Ison had two hits and drove in one run while Nick Rowe and Stapleton collected two hits apiece. Ben Welch and Bryce Tucker each batted in one run.

 

Drew Ginter suffered the loss for Powell County, 0-1.

 

 

 

At StoneCrest

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PC (0-1)…............................000 000 0 – 0- 3-0

 

PB (1-1)….............................200 003 x – 5-11-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Scott Stapleton

 

LP – Drew Ginter

 

Hitting: Reece Ison 2h, 1 RBI; Scott Stapleton 2h; Nick Rowe 2h; Ben Welch 1 RBI; Bryce Tucker, 1 RBI, Prestonsburg.

 

 

 

Paintsville……........................16

 

Huntington, W.Va….................13

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Paintsville scored seven runs in the top of the first inning and nine more in the fourth to beat Huntington High, 16-13, in a slugfest on March 18.

 

Jake Hyden had two hits and drove in three runs while Lucas Adkins added a pair of RBI as the Tigers improved to 2-1. Tanner Smith was the winning pitcher with relief help from Seth Williams.

 

 

 

At Huntington, W.Va.

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PV (2-1)..........................….700 900 0 – 16- 7-2

 

HT (0-2)…..........................100 700 5 – 13-11-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Tanner Smith

 

LP – Devin Dunfee

 

Hitting: Jake Hyden 2h, 3 RBI; Lucas Adkins 2 RBI, Paintsville.

 

 

 

West Carter……......................12

 

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

 

ALLEN — West Carter pitcher Ben Jordan tossed a no-hitter as the Comets cruised to a 12-0 win over Betsy Layne in a game played on March 18.

 

Zach Bentley took the loss as the Bobcats fell to 0-2.

 

Dalton Brown had three hits and drove in two runs while Ben Wilburn added three RBI.

 

 

 

At Allen

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

WC (1-0)….....................................543 – 12-12-0

 

BL (0-2)….......................................000 – 0- 0-2

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Ben Jordan

 

LP – Zack Bentley

 

Hitting: Dalton Brown 3h, 2 RBI; Ben Wilburn 3 RBI;

 

 

 

Pike Central…........................…9

 

Shelby Valley….........................2

 

ROBINSON CREEK — Pike County Central erupted for eight runs in the late innings to rally past Shelby Valley, 9-2, in a game played at Dale Trivette Field on March 16.

 

The Hawks, now 2-1, pounded out five extra base hits, including one off the bat of Seth Conn who finished with two hits, two runs scored and four RBI.

 

Winning pitcher Evan Coleman doubled, singled, scored and knocked in one run while Brice Elkins singled, scored twice and drove in one run.

 

Austin Smith doubled and batted in one run. D’Sean Prinkleton added two hits and score one run.

 

Gabriel Brown had two hits and batted in one run and Ty Riddle added a single and one RBI as the Wildcats fell to 1-1.

 

Seth Bailey suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Robinson Creek

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PC (2-1)…............................100 035 0 – 9-11-2

 

SV (1-1)….............................001 100 0 – 2- 3-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Evan Coleman

 

LP – Seth Bailey

 

Hitting: Seth Conn 2b, 1b, 4 RBI; Evan Coleman 2b, 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Brice Elkins 1b, 2r, 1 RBI, Pike Central; Gabriel Brown 2-1b, 1 RBI; Ty Riddle 1b, 1 RBI, Shelby Valley.

 

 

 

Paintsville…..........................…3

 

Lawrence County…....................1

 

PAINTSVILLE — Paintsville pushed across three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to defeat Lawrence County, 3-1, in a game played on March 16.

 

Jake Hyden had two runs and winning pitcher Tanner Miller drove in a pair of runs to help the Tigers improve to 1-1. Seth Williams added an RBI.

 

Peyton Cyrus had one hit and drove in the lone run for the Bulldogs.

 

C.J. Fairchild suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Paintsville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (2-1)…...............................000 010 0 – 1-3-2

 

PV (1-1)…...............................000 030 x – 3-6-2

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Tanner Miller

 

LP – C.J. Fairchild

 

Hitting: Jake Hyden 2h; Tanner Miller 2 RBI; Seth Williams 1 RBI, Paintsville; Peyton Cyrus 1h, 1 RBI, Lawrence County.

 

 

 

Belfry………….........................15

 

Betsy Layne……........................5

 

GOODY — Belfry made the most of eight hits as the Pirates cruised to a 15-5 win over Betsy Layne in six innings played at Massey Energy Field on March 16.

 

Devin Varney had three hits, including a triple, scored two runs and drove in two to support the pitching of winner Jordan Scott. Colton Cross had two extra base hits, including a triple, and scored.

 

Sam Boyd singled, scored and drove in one run for the Bobcats. Kobe McGuire suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

BL (0-1)….................................010 040 – 5- 1-6

 

BF (1-0)….................................020 445 – 15-8-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Jordan Scott

 

LP – Kobe McGuire

 

Hitting: Devin Varney 3b, 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Colton Cross 3b, 2b, 1r, Belfry; Sam Boyd 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, Betsy Layne.

 

 

 

Lawrence County…....................5

 

Prestonsburg……...................…3

 

STONECREST — Prestonsburg saw an early two-run lead get away as Lawrence County rallied for a 5-3 win in a game played at StoneCrest Sports Complex on March 9.

 

Losing pitcher Reece Ison had two hits and drove in all three Blackcat runs.

 

Brad Parks collected three hits and drove in two runs to help back the pitching of winner Corbin Fairchild.

 

 

 

At StoneCrest

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (1-0)…...............................003 200 0 – 5-8-0

 

PB (0-1)…...............................201 000 0 – 3-6-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Corbin Fairchild

 

LP – Reece Ison

 

Hitting: Reece Ison 2h, 3 RBI, Prestonsburg; Brad Parks 3h, 2 RBI, Lawrence County.

 

 

 

SOFTBALL

 

Pikeville……...........................11

 

Lawrence County…...................7

 

LOUISA — Pikeville erupted for five runs in the top of the first inning and the Lady Panthers went on to beat Lawrence County, 11-7, in a game played on March 18.

 

Winning pitcher Erika Conn had two hits, scored two runs and drove in three in the season opener.

 

Savanna Nunemaker collected three hits, scored three times and knocked in one run while Camryn Slone added two hits, scored twice and batted in two. Emily Hughes had two hits, including a double, and knocked in two runs.

 

 

 

At Louisa

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PK (1-0)…...........................500 004 2 – 11-14-3

 

LC (0-1)…...........................100 004 2 – 7-10-4

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Erika Conn

 

LP – Ciana Bowen

 

Hitting: Erika Conn 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Savanna Nunemaker 3-1b, 3r, 1 RBI; Camryn Slone 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Emily Hughes, 2b, 1b, 2 RBI, Pikeville.

 

 

 

Letcher Central…......................9

 

Belfry……………........................6

 

GOODY — Letcher Central scored four runs in the top of the first and went on to beat Belfry, 9-6, in a game played at Massey Energy Field on March 18.

 

Megan Combs and Alyssa Franklin drove in a pair of runs each as the Lady Cougars improved to 1-1. Gracie McDougal and Grayson Collier collected two hits apiece.

 

Rachel Spangler was the winning pitcher.

 

Losing pitcher Kailee Rash had two hits and Paula Dotson drove in two runs for the Lady Pirates, now 1-2.

 

 

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (1-1)…......................410 201 1 – 9-9-7

 

BF (1-2)….......................300 100 2 – 6-6-2

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Rachel Spangler

 

LP – Kailee Rash

 

Hitting: Gracie McDougal 2h; Grayson Collier 2h; Megan Combs 1h, 2 RBI; Alyssa Franklin 2 RBI, Letcher Central; Kailee Rash 2h; Paula Dotson 2 RBI, Belfry.

 

 

 

Henry Clay……..................18

 

Letcher Central........…........2

 

GOODY — Henry Clay pushed across eight runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to an 18-2 win over Letcher Central in a game played at Massey Energy Field on March 18.

 

Ayami Onodera collected three hits and drove in four runs for the Blue Devils, now 1-2.

 

Brooklynn Collins suffered the loss in the opener for LCC.

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

HC (1-2)…........................830 7 – 18-15-0

 

LC (0-1)…...........................002 0 – 2- 3-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Shelby Coleman

 

LP – Brooklynn Collins

 

Hitting: Ayami Onodera 3h, 4 RBI; Taetum Crawford 2h, 3 RBI; Shelby Coleman 3 RBI, Henry Clay.

 

 

 

Belfry……...........................2

 

Sheldon Clark.....................1

 

GOODY — Belfry’s Ariel Mounts had two hits and drove in one run to lead the Lady Pirates to a 2-1 win over Sheldon Clark in a game played at Massey Energy Field on March 16.

 

Kailee Rash limited the Lady Cardinals to just a single run to earn the win.

 

Skyla Messer had an RBI in the loss.

 

 

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

SC (0-1)…......................000 000 1 – 1-6-6

 

BF (1-0)….......................001 100 x – 2-5-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Kailee Rash

 

LP – Gracie Presley

 

Hitting: Skyla Messer 1 RBI, Sheldon Clark; Ariel Mounts 2-1b, 1 RBI, Belfry.

 

 

 

Perry Central…...................7

 

Pike Central……..................4

 

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Perry County Central built a four-run lead early on against Pike Central and held on for a 7-4 win in a game played at the Hawks Nest on March 16.

 

Winning pitcher Lauryn Amburgey had four hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Lady Commodores.

 

Summer Marcum knocked in two runs for the Lady Hawks.

 

Haley Howell was the losing pitcher.

 

 

 

At Buckleys Creek

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PC (1-0)…...................310 021 0 – 7-10-4

 

PKC (0-1)......................000 112 0 – 4- 5-5

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Lauryn Amburgey

 

LP – Haley Howell

 

Hitting: Lauryn Amburgey 4h, 2 RBI; Emilee Eversole 2h; Keisha Couch 2 RBI, Perry Central; Summer Marcum 2 RBI, Pike Central.