EASTERN — Floyd Central hung around but was unable to push any runs across as Johnson Central pulled away to win 6-0 in the opening round of the 15th Region Baseball Tournament on Saturday.
Determined Johnson Central claimed the win on Floyd Central’s home field.
The victory pushed perennial title contender Johnson Central into the semifinals of the 15th Region Baseball Tournament. With the win, Johnson Central improved to 31-5. Following the loss, Floyd Central ended its season 13-19.
Andrew Music was the winning pitcher for the Golden Eagles. Music pitched a shutout, surrendering zero runs on five hits over seven innings while striking out seven and walking one.
Floyd Central junior Chase Conley suffered the pitching loss. Conley pitched five and two-thirds innings, allowing 10 hits and six runs while striking out four and walking one.
Johnson Central pushed across the game’s first run in the bottom half of the first inning. Then, following another scoreless frame, Johnson Central added another run in the bottom half of the fifth inning to move ahead 2-0.
Holding the two-run lead, Johnson Central erupted for six runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning to put the game out of Floyd Central’s reach.
Johnson Central, under the direction of veteran head coach Shawn Hall, collected 15 hits. Grant Davis and Ryan Sartin-Slone each provided multiple hits for the Golden Eagles. Davis went three for four at the plate with a double to lead Johnson Central offensively.
Weston May, Blake DeLong, Ryan Sartin-Slone, Cody Rice and Chayce Meade added two hits apiece for 57th District champion Johnson Central. Davis and cleanup hitter Hunter McCloud each recorded two RBIs in the Golden Eagles’ victory.
Johnson Central overcame two errors in the field to notch the postseason win.
Floyd Central put runners on base as early as the first inning but was limited offensively and held scoreless.
Senior catcher Logan Conley paced Floyd Central at the plate, finishing three for three. Two other players, Blake Slone and Braxton Turner, added one hit apiece for the Jaguars.
In the other opening round games in the 15th Region Baseball Tournament it was Lawrence County 11, Paintsville 4; Pikeville 6, Pike Central 4 and Belfry 11, Shelby Valley 3.