GOODY,K.y. – The Belfry Pirates stayed the course Tuesday evening to beat the Prestonsburg Blackcats by a final score of 6-1.
Belfry jumped ahead in the second inning with three runs, Prestonsburg returned one run in the fourth inning but the Pirates score three runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Prestonsburg still sits in the number three spot of the 15th district with a record of 13-3 while the Pirates rose to a record of 12-4. Prestonsburg is a good solid team with a lot of momentum but the Pirates remained steady and limited them to only one score.
Prestonsburg had not been held to only one run all season, the second lowest score the Blackcats had produced was their 7-3 loss to Pike Central last week. The Blackcats have been on a win streak as of late but that may be changing. Belfry has fought and won some tough battles this season but this one was a statement. The Pirates proved that they have stamina, in order to win against Belfry you have to play the whole game.
In the second inning the bases had been loaded by Nate Sanger, Colton Cross and Kaleb Taylor. Garret Fannin knocked in Sanger on a sacrifice fly, Cross scored on a Prestonsburg error. Austin Woolum knocked in Kaleb Taylor on a RBI single to left field.
In the third inning the Blackcats returned fire with Bryce Tucker crossing the plate on a Reece Isom sacrifice fly RBI.
In the fifth inning Cameron Catron started things off with a single to center field, he was later picked off at third base. Devin Varney hit a two-run single into left field that gave the Pirates more breathing room. Fannin crossed the plate in the sixth inning on a Catron RBI shot into center field.
Young Avery Browning worked the mound for the Pirates for four innings. He finished with one strikeout and one walk. Austin Dotson closed the game with six strikeouts and one walk.
The Pirates were scheduled to travel to Logan on Wednesday evening to face the Wildcats before they host the Jim Vaughn Invitational starting Friday. Belfry squares off against Pikeville at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
Scores by innings:
Prestonsburg (13-3) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 — 1 7 1
Belfry (12-4) 0 3 0 0 2 1 x — 6 10 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)