GOODY, Ky. – The 2016 Belfry High School baseball season is underway after the Pirates beat Jackson City on Saturday by a score of 3-1 on in the team’s home opener.
The Pirates were steady against the Tigers by scoring two runs in the 3rd and one run in the 5th inning. A big defensive effort by the young pitching staff kept the Tigers to one run late in the 6th inning.
Youn 8th grader Kaleb Taylor was the starting pitcher for the Pirates and held strong for four innings. Taylor only gave up two hits and finished the day with five strikeouts. Freshman Avery Browning closed for the Pirates the last three innings and also finished the game with five strikeouts.
Nate Sanger crossed the plate first for the Pirates in the third inning. Sanger got on base after a single to center and stole second and third base. Sanger scored on a wild pitch to put the Pirates up 1-0. Colton Cross got on base after a walk and scored from a Tyler Fields RBI to right center field.
Belfry, coached by Michael Hagy, scored again in the 5th inning with one out and Austin Dotson on third base. Sanger was safe at second base after a Jackson City error. Cross had an RBI on a sacrifice fly to left field for Belfry’s last run.
Jackson City scored in the 6th inning when Camron Turner singled to right center. Turner scored on a RBI double to left by Albert Turner.
Belfry was scheduled to play at Allen Central on Monday, weather permitting. Their second home game is slated for Friday against Paintsville.
Score by innings:
Jackson City (0-1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 — 1 5 1
Belfry (1-0) 0 0 2 0 1 0 x — 3 3 1
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)