DRIFT – A local high school baseball program posted its first win in the 2016 season late last week. South Floyd notched its first win under new head coach Chad Hall over the weekend, pulling away to beat visiting Oneida Baptist Institute 19-14 in an early-season high school baseball game on Saturday.
With the win, South Floyd improved to 1-2.
Oneida Baptist Institute, an opponent out of the 13th Region, dropped to 1-3 with the loss.
South Floyd pitcher Blade Slone claimed the win. Slone pitched three innings for the Raiders.
Five different South Floyd players took the mound during the non-district matchup. Hunter Johnson, J.R. Tackett, Kolby Justice and Kenton Hall also pitched for the Raiders in the winning effort.
Several South Floyd players helped to provide a lift at the plate in the Raiders’ highest scoring game thus far in the current campaign.
Oneida Baptist Institute pitchers struggled to limit many of the South Floyd batters. Slone went 4-for-5 with six RBIs and four runs for the Raiders.
Johnson finished 3-for-5 with one RBI.
Three others South Floyd batters – J.R. Tackett, Andrew Tackett and Brant Potter – chipped in two hits apiece for the Raiders.
Slone, Johnson Tackett and Matt Dudleson each had a double for South Floyd in the victory.
The Raiders landed in the win column after dropping back-to-back games to 15th Region rivals East Ridge and Sheldon Clark.
Oneida Baptist Institute suffered its season straight loss.
South Floyd is scheduled to visit Oneida Baptist Institute for a late season game on May 7.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.