ALLEN — Host Betsy Layne fell behind early and was unable to recover from its slow start as 15th Region counterpart Pike Central pulled away to win 12-2 in five innings in a high school baseball game on Tuesday.
Ben Huffman started on the mound for Pike Central and claimed the pitching win. Huffman pitched five innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six.
Sam Boyd started on the mound for homestanding Betsy Layne and absorbed the pitching loss. Boyd pitched one inning, allowing four runs on three hits while walking one.
In all, three pitchers worked on the hill for the Bobcats. Cameron Kimbler and Andrew Kidd entered the game as relievers for Betsy Layne, throwing three innings and one inning, respectively.
The Hawks moved ahead early, plating two runs in the top half of the first inning. Pike Central led 2-1 at the end of the opening inning and quickly added to the lead during its second plate appearance. Productive Pike Central exploded for eight runs in the top half of the second inning to move ahead 10-1.
Pike Central outhit Betsy Layne 12-2 and committed one less error than the home team.
D’Sean Prinkleton led Pike Central at the plate. Prinkleton, the Hawks’ first baseman, finished four for four.
Pike Central stole eight bases during the matchup. Keegan Bentley paced Pike Central in the key offensive category, recording three steals.
Chase Hamilton went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Betsy Layne in the hits column.
Defensively, Betsy Layne committed three errors in the loss.