EASTERN — Floyd Central notched its first win in the 2019 high school baseball season on Friday, defeating visiting Phelps 12-2 in five innings.
Familiar foes, Floyd Central and Phelps are 15th Region rivals.
The Jaguars outhit Phelps 15-3 and overcame three errors to earn the win.
However, Phelps scored first. The Hornets plated one run in the top half of the first inning and limited the Jaguars in multiple plate appearances.
But Floyd Central answered, scoring a run of its own in the bottom half of the initial frame.
The Jaguars managed to blow the game open in the home portion of the third inning, erupting for nine runs.
Phelps scored again in the top half of the fourth inning but couldn’t push the Jaguars. Floyd Central added two runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning to force the matchup to end early via the KHSAA Mercy Rule.
Floyd Central pitcher Braydon Hamilton earned the win. Hamilton allowed three hits and two runs over five innings, striking out five.
Phelps pitcher Brandon Turnmire took the loss. Turnmire threw two and two-thirds innings, allowing 10 runs on 13 hits and striking out three.
Hamilton, Caleb Hager, Blake Slone, Matt Combs and Logan Conley each collected multiple hits for the Jaguars. Hager, Slone and Combs connected for three hits apiece to lead Floyd Central offensively.
Phelps committed five errors in the loss.
Turnmire, Jordon Blankenship and Riley Dotson delivered one hit apiece for the Hornets.
Floyd Central is scheduled to visit Phelps on April 5.