By Kyle Lovern
GOODY, Ky. – Belfry junior Keaton Taylor had one of the most successful seasons in the history of Pirate baseball.
The speedy Taylor broke the single season stolen base record with 58 swipes. The old record was 38 held by Timmy Lovern and set in 2010. Taylor now has 83 steals for his career, with another year to go.
Taylor also broke the single season runs scored mark with 61. That record had been 46, held by Derrick Pauley in 1999 and Tyler Dotson in 2007.
He batted .411 this year, with 53 hits in 129 at bats. The talented Taylor had 7 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 19 RBIs this season.
On the mound, he went 7 – 5, pitching the games against some of Belfry’s top competition. He struck out 75 opponents with an ERA of 2.87 and the right-hander also had a save out of the bullpen.
When not on the mound, the versatile Taylor anchored the outfield in center and he can also play in the infield.
Coach Michael Hagy, who played college baseball at Marshall University, thinks Taylor has a bright future on the diamond.
“He has a great opportunity to play college baseball! This summer he is playing with Post 76 (American Legion) out of Ashland,” Hagy said. “With continued work and good health, he will play college baseball after graduation. He is one of the best pure athletes we’ve had in our program.”
Taylor was the MVP of the 60th District and The Coaches Association Player of the Year for the 15th Region.
The Pirates made it the 15th Region semi-finals, narrowly losing to Lawrence County 3-2.
Taylor also plays football for Belfry and was a wide receiver and defensive back for the Class AAA state championship team this past season. He may be the quarterback next year. He was also the backup signal caller last year.
No doubt there will be a few scouts at Belfry next season to watch Taylor as he plays in his senior season. Baseball is definitely in his future.