GOODY, Ky. — The Belfry Pirates suffered another hard loss at the hands of the Letcher County Central Cougars on Friday evening with a final score of 12-1.
The game went six innings but it was a tough battle for the Pirates to get it there. The Cougars blasted a hole in the Pirate ship in the first inning and Belfry spent the rest of the game bailing out water. Belfry’s young Kaleb Taylor started off the game on the mound but was moved to short stop after the first five Letcher batters scored. Coach Hagy has shown a lot of faith in his young bullpen but today was not Taylor’s day to shine. After Taylor was moved to short stop the game evened out and Taylor redeemed himself from the infield; in the second inning he threw out two runners at first after scooping up two grounders in a row.
Garret Fannin relieved Taylor on the mound and he was able to keep the Cougars from going on anymore scoring sprees. Letcher Central scored six runs in the first inning, one run in the third, one run in the fifth, and four final runs in the sixth to seal the win for the Cougars. Belfry’s lone run was scored by Austin Woolum in the first inning. Woolum landed on base after a sharp strike into right center and scored from third on a wild pitch. Woolum also went 2 for 3 from the batter’s box with two singles. None of the other Pirates were able to match him.
Belfry had three hits during the game with zero walks and a lot of outs at first. The Pirates only suffered two strikeouts during the game and Letcher Central went through three pitchers themselves. The Pirates kept making contact with the ball but the Cougars were always in the right place.
Belfry had bested the Cougars twice before, once in a pre-season scrimmage and once during the regular season. The Pirates won the last contest by one score with the final reading 8-7. This time around was much different.
Belfry has four games remaining in the season and three more regional games to be played. They now have a record of 18-11 and have lost four out of the last five games.
The Pirates were scheduled to load up the bus and head to Jackson City on Saturday for a rematch of their season opener. The Pirates beat Jackson City 3-1 in their first meeting. Belfry will have to shake off whatever load is weighing them down in order to finish the season strong and head into the district tournament with some fresh blood. Next week the Pirates will face face East Ridge and Allen Central at home before they travel to Pikeville for the last game fo the regular season.
Scores by inning:
LC: 6 0 1 0 1 4 – 12 9 0
B: 1 0 0 0 0 0 – 1 3 2
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242, or at [email protected], or on twitter @sidplaster)