Around the Diamond - May 11



James Collier

For The Beacon


64th District



   Ashland went 2-3 last week, defeating West Carter and Rowan County while falling to Johnson Central and twice to Lawrence County.

   Ashland opened its week by outslugging West Carter 25-14. Sawyer Alley and Eli Miller each had a pair of hits and drove in four and two runs respectively. Colin Howard hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw as a varsity player for the Tomcats.

   Ashland knocked off Rowan County, 7-6 in eight innings. Jack Heineman and Ryan Atkins each went 2 for 4 in the win while driving in two runs.

   The Tomcats fell 12-9 to Johnson Central. NeShawn Peppers went 2 for 2 and scored three runs. Asher Stevens and Heineman drove in three.

   Ashland fell in both games of a twin-bill at Lawrence County, 11-1 and 17-8.

   Ashland welcomed Russell Monday, visits Johnson Central Tuesday, welcomes Greenup County Wednesday and plays St. Henry Saturday at Trinity.



   Boyd County went 3-1 in their four contests last week with wins over Spring Valley, Corbin and Shelby Valley while falling to Pikeville.

   Boyd County defeated Spring Valley 10-4 to open the week. Luke Preston and Alex Martin went 3 for 4. Preston went yard and scored twice. Jacob Baker also had a home run. Jacob Vanover went six innings for the win.

   Boyd County defeated Corbin, 7-4 in nine innings and Shelby Valley 13-3. The Lions fell to Pikeville, 5-0. No stats were reported in those contests.

   Boyd County welcomes Morgan County Monday, Greenup County Tuesday, visits Paintsville Friday and Lawrence County Saturday.



   Fairview defeated Elliott County, 14-4 and Bath County, 5-2.

   Jeremy Harper went 3 for 3 with an RBI and scored three in the win over Elliott County. Jaxon Manning and Landon McDowell each had two hits. Harper took the win from the bump, striking out seven in four innings.

   Gage Crooks went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a double in the win over Bath County. Manning went the full seven in the win and struck out 10.

   Fairview traveled to Raceland Monday, welcomes West Carter Tuesday, travels to Coal Grove Thursday and welcomes Elliott County Saturday.



   Rose Hill managed a win against Teays Valley (10-7) between losses to West Carter and Menifee County.

   Rose Hill lost 13-3 in five innings to West Carter. James Stephens, Ian Justice and Chase Pennington each had two hits.

   The Royals fell to Menifee County, 3-2 in 11 innings. Jeremy Crawford, Luke Pennington and Stephens each had two hits. Chase Pennington went eight innings in the start. He allowed only four hits and one earned run while striking out 13.

   Rose Hill welcomes Ironton St. Joe Tuesday, Elliott County Thursday and Martin County on Saturday.





   Raceland turned in a perfect 5-0 week with a pair of wins over Russell and Morgan County bookending a victory over Huntington.

   Kirk Pence secured the Rams the top seed in the upcoming district tournament with a 5-0 win over Russell. Pence worked six innings and allowed only two hits while striking out 12. Michael Meade went 2 for 3 and Chase Thornsberry added an RBI triple.

   Andrew Floyd earned a win in relief in a 7-6 defeat of the Red Devils. Floyd worked three innings and struck out four. Five Rams had one hit with Colton Holman driving in three.

   Jakob Holtzapfel and Camron Pullin combined in a 6-3 win over Huntington. Holtzapfel went five innings in the start for the win and Pullin earned the save with three strikeouts in the final two. Connor Hughes went 2 for 3.

   Kadin Shore earned the win in a 15-0, three inning defeat of Morgan County. Pence, Thornsberry and Jake Heighton had two hits. Heighton drove in five and had a triple. Hughes and Meade had two hits in the 15-0, three inning win in game two. Both drove in four.

   Raceland welcomed Fairview Monday, Coal Grove Tuesday, East Carter Thursday and Lewis County on Friday.



   Russell went 2-4 last week, falling in both meetings with Raceland in district action, Lawrence County and Pikeville while knocking off Knott County Central and Shelby Valley.

   Russell fell 5-0 to Raceland to open the week. Ethan Sharp and Trent Tice had the only two Russell hits. Daniel Blanton worked all seven in the loss.

   Four Devils players had two hits in the 7-6 loss to Raceland in Game Two. Eric Williams, RJ Rigsby, Nathan Conley and Curtis Davis went 2 for 4. CJ Bartram worked 6 2/3 innings in the loss while allowing four earned runs on four hits.

   Russell come up short to Lawrence County, 2-1. Tice had two hits in the loss.

   Russell defeated Knott County Central, 7-6, Shelby Valley, 13-5 and fell 5-4 to Pikeville. No stats were reported in those contests.

   Russell travels to Ashland Monday, Mason County Tuesday, Martin County Wednesday, welcomes Rowan County Thursday, plays North Bullitt at Belfry on Friday and meets Hazard and Belfry Saturday in the Jim Vaughn Smith Invitational.



   Greenup County earned a pair of district wins over Lewis County, knocked off East Carter and split in the Fayette County Invitational.

   Greenup County defeated Lewis County 15-0 in three innings. Logan Bays had two hits and Carson Wireman allowed only one hit and struck out four.

   Greenup County knocked off Lewis 18-0 in four innings while hammering out 18 hits. Jonah Gibson, Bradley Adkins and Cameron Carroll turned in three hits each. Carroll drove in four and Hunter Clevenger went yard. Bays and Dakota Tuel combined to one-hit the Lions.

   Greenup County earned a comeback win over East Carter, 7-6. Brock Kitchen led the Musketeers with three hits and 2 RBIs. Carroll took the win in relief.

   Greenup County fell 6-2 to Lafayette and defeated Eastern 5-1.

   Greenup County travels to Fleming County Monday, Boyd County Tuesday, Ashland Wednesday, Johnson Central Friday and welcomes Portsmouth West Saturday.