EASTERN — Pitcher Ashley Bellamy limited Prestonsburg batters as host Floyd Central pulled away to win 9-1 in a 58th District softball game on Wednesday.
Floyd Central returned to the win column after suffering back-to-back losses to Perry County Central and 58th District frontrunner Lawrence County.
With the win, Floyd Central improved to 4-15 overall and 2-2 in the 58th District.
Prestonsburg dropped to 12-16 overall and 0-4 in the district with the loss.
Floyd Central scored first and never trailed. After Floyd Central pushed across its first run in the bottom half of the fourth inning, Prestonsburg managed to pull even with a run of its own in the game’s following at-bat. However, Floyd Central eventually put the game out of Prestonsburg’s reach. The game was tied 1-1 when Floyd Central erupted for six runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning.
Bellamy pitched a complete game and earned the victory in the circle. The Floyd Central pitcher allowed one run on five hits while striking out four and walking one over seven innings.
Prestonsburg pitcher Megan Music was stuck with the loss. Music pitched four and a third innings, allowing five runs on four hits and striking out four.
Kayci Stumbo went two for three at the plate to lead Floyd Central in the hits column. Delivering in another key offensive category, Stumbo led Floyd Central with three stolen bases.
Brook Stumbo, Carly Akers, Katie Moore, Grace Martin and Alexandria Samons added one hit apiece for the Lady Jaguars. Samons drove in two of Floyd Central’s seven runs.
Defensively, Floyd Central committed only one error in the win.
Music, Brooklyn Thacker, Emily Salisbury, Shae Robinson and Haylee Niece each collected one hit to lead Prestonsburg at the plate. Alison Campbell led the way for Prestonsburg on the basepaths, finishing with four stolen bases.
Defensive miscues plagued Prestonsburg. The Lady Blackcats committed four errors in the setback.
Both Floyd Central and Prestonsburg will compete in the 58th District Softball Tournament later in the month.