ALLEN — Betsy Layne was unable to remain in the win column at the start of the week as visiting Magoffin County, an opponent from the neighboring 57th District, pulled away to win 14-3 in six innings in a high school baseball game.
Betsy Layne scored first, plating two runs in the bottom half of the first inning. However, Magoffin County answered. The Hornets erupted for five runs in the top half of the second inning to move ahead. After pushing out in front, Magoffin County never trailed again.
Magoffin County pitcher Jacob Watson earned the win on the mound. Watson surrendered three runs on three hits over six innings, striking out eight and walking one.
Betsy Layne hurler Josh Hall was saddled with the pitching loss. Hall surrendered five runs on four hits over three innings, striking out one.
Sam Boyd and Cameron Hughes entered the game as relievers for Betsy Layne, throwing one and two-thirds of an inning and one and one-third innings, respectively.
Magoffin County collected eight hits in the 15th Region baseball matchup. Lucas Litteral and Caleb Howard each delivered multiple hits for the Hornets. Litteral went three for five at the plate to lead Magoffin County in the hits column.
The Hornets fared well in the field, committing only one error.
Hall, Brady Robinson and Zack Bentley each connected for one hit as Betsy Layne suffered the loss.
The Bobcats struggled defensively, committing four errors.
Pike Central 12,
Betsy Layne 2
Betsy Layne fell behind in the opening inning and couldn’t battle its way back as host Pike Central prevailed 12-2 in six innings in a high school baseball game on Tuesday.
With the loss, Betsy Layne dropped to 6-11.
Pike Central improved to 7-10 with the win.
The Hawks outhit the Bobcats 13-2 and finished error-free defensively.
Ben Huffman started on the mound for Pike Central and earned the pitching win. Huffman allowed two hits and two runs over five innings, striking out seven and walking one.
Betsy Layne pitcher Cameron Kimbler absorbed the loss. Kimbler pitched four and a third innings, allowing 13 hits and 12 runs while striking out three.
Pike Central moved ahead early, plating one run in the bottom half of the first inning.
Stretching its lead out in the following inning, Pike Central erupted for four runs during its second plate appearance.
Dominant Pike Central plated four runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning inning to lead 11-0 before Betsy Layne crossed home plate for the first time.
Visiting Betsy Layne plated both of its runs in the top half of the fifth inning. However, Pike Central countered with one run in the bottom half of the fifth frame to end the high school baseball game early via the KHSAA Mercy Rule.
Preston Kirk, Jonathan Potter, and Caden Coleman each collected multiple hits for Pike Central in the victory. Kirk went three for four at the plate to lead Pike Central in hits.
Zack Bentley and Paul Hall led a limited Betsy Layne offensive attack, finishing with one hit apiece. Hall homered for the Bobcats.
Betsy Layne was visiting Shelby Valley at press time on Thursday.