By KYLE LOVERN
LOUISA, Ky. – Thursday night proved to be a big first for Belfry head baseball coach Michael Hagy.
His Pirate squad defeated Lawrence County 5-0 at Louisa. It was the first time Hagy has beaten the Bulldogs in his eight years as Belfry’s coach.
It was also the first time Belfry has defeated Lawrence County since 1998, according to longtime scorekeeper Bennett West.
It is also the first time Coach Travis Feltner of Lawrence County has lost to Belfry in his 4-year stint as head coach. He was assistant coach for 10 years prior to that to taking over for the Bulldogs.
The game was scoreless until the 5th inning when Belfry rallied for four runs. Belfry second baseman Sean Hurley safe on error by the second baseman. With one out, Howie Dotson reached first on a fielder’s choice, as Hurley was thrown out at second.
Zack Francisco walked and then Tyler Williams doubled to score Dotson and and Francisco.
Zac Fields reached safely on and error by the third baseman, and then Williams scored on an error by the pitcher, who was trying to pick off courtesy runner Cameron Johnson. (Johnson was running for Fields.)
Then Jared Masters singled to bring in Johnson.
In the Belfry 6th inning, Hurley walked and scored on RBI single by Dotson. Hurley had stolen second base to get into scoring position.
Lawrence County only had one hit in the game, a 2-out single by Ryan Kingsmore in the 4th inning. He was then picked off first base.
Williams picked up the win on the mound to improve to 8-2 on season. He pitched a complete game one hitter, striking out four, walking two and he hit one batter.
Joe Wallen was the losing pitcher for the Bulldogs.
Belfry improved to 23-7 and was scheduled to play Prestonsburg Friday night. Lawrence County is now 15-17 for the season.
Score by innings:
LCHS .. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 3
BHS … 0 0 0 0 4 1 x - 5 5 0