Bobcats beat Blackcats, 4-1

Byron Tackett delivers a pitch to home plate. Tackett pitched Betsy Layne past visiting Prestonsburg 4-1 in a 58th District baseball game on Tuesday.

ALLEN — Returning to the win column following a loss 24 hours earlier, Betsy Layne beat visiting Prestonsburg 4-1 in a 58th District baseball game at Stumbo Park on Tuesday.

With the win, Betsy Layne improved to 7-13 overall and 1-5 in the 58th District.

Prestonsburg dropped to 3-13 overall and 1-5 in the district with the loss.

The Bobcats opened up its scoring in the bottom half of the second inning when an error allowed one run to cross home plate.

Byron Tackett worked a complete game on the mound for the Bobcats and earned the pitching win. Tackett surrendered one run on four hits over seven innings, striking out five.

Andrew Hale started the game on the mound for the Blackcats and suffered the pitching loss. Hale surrendered four runs on one hit over three and a third innings, striking out six and walking zero.

Another Prestonsburg pitcher, Payton Burke, threw three and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen.

Each 58th District baseball team collected four hits.

Zack Bentley, who helped to pace Betsy Layne in boys’ basketball earlier in the schoolyear, finished 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Bobcats offensively. Following Bentley’s leading offensive performance for the Bobcats, Brady Robinson drove in two runs. Robinson and Chase Hamilton added one hit apiece for the Bobcats.

Hale, Ryan Meade, Owen Greene and Andrew Shepherd each provided one hit for the Blackcats in the setback. Meade drove in Prestonsburg’s lone run.

Struggling defensively, Prestonsburg committed five errors in the loss.

Both Betsy Layne and Prestonsburg will compete in the 58th District Baseball Tournament later in the month.

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