PAINTSVILLE – Allen Central battled back to edge host Paintsville 4-3 in an early-season high school baseball game at Charlie Adkins Field on Thursday.
With the win, Allen Central improved to 2-1.
Paintsville dropped to 0-3 with the loss.
The Rebels, under the guidance of first-year head coach Jeff Aldrich, returned to the win column after dropping a game to Magoffin County two days earlier.
Allen Central pitcher Rio Dominguez earned the win. Working out of a relief role, Dominguez came in to pitch in the sixth inning. Dominguez worked the sixth and seventh innings for the Rebels, facing eight batters and striking out two hitters while only giving up two hits and allowing no runs.
Paintsville pitcher Ryan Moore suffered the loss.
Offensively for Allen Central, Wyatt Crisp, Bret Samons and Kane Taylor each had two hits. Samons collected a pair of RBIs for the Rebels in the victory.
Dustin Johnson, who started on the mound for the Rebels, delivered an RBI double in the sixth inning. Johnson’s RBI broke an Allen Central scoring drought.
Allen Central thrived late, manufacturing all of its runs in the game’s final two innings.
Kane Taylor, Steven Howard and Jonah Parsons scored on back-to-back hits from Crisp and Samons in the seventh inning to allow the Rebels to earn the hard-fought win.
Allen Central is scheduled to host former state champion Paintsville for a late-season game on May 5.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.