Blackcaps fall

Prestonsburg second baseman Cameron Blackburn throws to first base.

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg was held scoreless at home as visiting Lawrence County pulled away to win 11-0 in five innings in a 58th District baseball game at StoneCrest Sports Park on Monday.

With the loss, Prestonsburg dropped to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the 58th District.

Lawrence County improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the district with the win. 

The Bulldogs outhit the Blackcats 7-1. Defensively, Lawrence County finished error-free. 

Reigning 58th District champion Lawrence County moved ahead early and never faltered. The Bulldogs controlled the district contest. 

Lawrence County pitcher Tyler Maynard threw a one-hitter and earned the win. Maynard surrendered zero runs on one hit over five innings, striking out nine and walking zero.

Prestonsburg pitcher Collin Ousley took the loss. Ousley lasted three and a third innings, allowing five hits and eight runs while striking out four.

Jackson Feltner drove in three of the Bulldogs’ 11 runs. Feltner, one of the area’s top high school baseball power hitters, smacked a home run. Helping his pitching cause, Maynard drove in two runs.

The productive Maynard, Feltner, Austin Roe, Hunter Crum, Bryce Blevins, Ethan Whitt and Lucas Maynard banged out one hit apiece for the Bulldogs in the victory. Whitt doubled as Lawrence County prevailed in the district matchup. 

Peyton Burke connected for Prestonsburg’s lone hit in the loss. 

Lawrence County thrived on the basepaths, recording 10 stolen bases. 

Prestonsburg committed three errors in the setback. 

Prestonsburg 15,

Phelps 1

Prestonsburg upended host Phelps in a 2019 high school baseball season opener, prevailing 15-1 in five innings on Saturday.

The Blackcats, under the direction of second-year head coach Trey Stapleton, outhit Phelps 8-2 and overcame a pair of errors to win convincingly.

With the loss, Phelps fell to 0-3. 

Prestonsburg set the tone early, erupting for seven runs in the top half of the first inning. Dominant Prestonsburg led 14-0 at the conclusion of the fourth inning. 

Prestonsburg pitcher Payton Burke threw a two-hitter and claimed the win. Burke surrendered one run on two hits over five innings, striking out six.

Phelps pitcher Garrett Clevenger took the loss. Clevenger lasted two innings, allowing two hits and nine runs while striking out three and walking zero.

Burke and Brayden Slone paced Prestonsburg at the plate, supplying two hits apiece for the Blackcats in the victory. The productive Burke drilled a double and legged out a triple. As part of an extremely balanced offensive effort, Burke, Slone, Cameron Blackburn, Ethan Blair, Owen Greene, Collin Ousley, Andrew Hale, Graham Burchett and Aaron Shepherd provided one RBI apiece in Prestoncburg’s win. Wesley DePoy also doubled for the Blackcats. 

Clevenger and Brandon Turnmire finished with one hit apiece for the Hornets in the losing effort. 

Phelps struggled defensively, committing 11 errors. 

The Blackcats are slated to host Phelps in a late-sesson high school baseball game on May 7.

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