EASTERN — Floyd Central halted a three-game losing skid on Monday, outlasting visiting Perry Central, a former 14th Region frontrunner, 2-1 in a high school baseball game.
With the win, Floyd Central improved to 12-15.
Perry Central dropped to 17-14 with the loss.
Caleb Hager provided the heroics for host Floyd Central. The game was tied 1-1 with Floyd Central batting in the bottom of the seventh inning when a sacrifice fly from Hager allowed the game-winning run to cross home plate.
Floyd Central hurler Matt Combs worked a complete game and earned the pitching win. Combs allowed four hits and one run over seven innings, striking out five and walking none.
Perry Central starter David Elkins suffered the pitching loss. Elkins tossed six and two-thirds innings, allowing 10 hits and two runs while striking out two and walking zero.
Perry Central struck first, pushing across one run in the top half of the third inning.
But Floyd Central eventually answered, scoring once in the home portion of the fourth frame.
Floyd Central, a second-year program under the direction of head coach Shawn Hager, outhit Perry Central 10-4.
Brayden Hamilton, Noah Marcum and Braxton Turner each collected multiple hits for the Jaguars. Hamilton went three for four at the plate to lead Floyd Central in the hits column.
Aiding Floyd Central offensively, Hager and Chase Conley drove in one run apiece for the Jaguars.
Floyd Central turned in an error-free performance in the field
Perry Central committed three errors in the setback.
The Jaguars were hosting 15th Region counterpart Pike Central at press time on Tuesday. Floyd Central will compete in the 58th District Baseball Tournament in less than one week.