GOODY, Ky. – The Belfry Pirates got three shutout innings from southpaw Joey Duty in relief and came from behind to defeat district rival Pike Central 4-3 Monday night at Massey Energy Field.
The Hawks scored first in the 2nd inning when Blake Clark led off with walk, advanced on passed ball and then scored on single by DH Hunter Clark. Dylan Wright then singled for PCHS.
In the 4th inning the Hawk’s Hunter Clark led off with walk, then Cameron Hamilton walked with one out, and both scored on single to left by Wes Pugh as the visitors took a 3-0 lead.
Belfry scored two runs in the bottom of the 4th inning. With one out, Zack Francisco walked, Duty singled, pinch hitter Garrett Fannin walked to load bases. Francisco scored on sac fly by Caleb Stanley.
Duty then scored on single to left field by Madison Ghormley.
In the 5th inning, Belfry’s Keaton Taylor led off with a walk and then stole 2nd base. He advanced to third on an error by the catcher. Reed Williamson was then hit by a pitch for second time in game. With one out, Taylor and Williamson each scored on wild pitches as the Pirates took the lead 4-0.
Duty got the win on the mound in relief of Taylor. He had four strikeouts in three innings and only issued one walk and gave up one hit. Mac Justice took the loss for the Hawks.
Belfry, coached by Michael Hagy, is now 4-6 on the season, while Pike Central dropped to 7-5. The Pirates were scheduled to host Phelps today (Thursday), weather permitting.
Score by innings:
PC (7-5)…0 1 0 2 0 0 0 - 3 5 3
BHS (4-6)…0 0 0 2 2 0 x - 4 2 2
WP: Duty, 4 K’s, 1 BB; 1 H; LP: Mac Justice