MINNIE – South Floyd dominated in its 58th District/Floyd County Conference opener at home, pulling away to beat longtime rival Prestonsburg 20-5 in three innings via the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Mercy Rule on Tuesday.
With the win, South Floyd improved to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in the 58th District/Floyd County Conference.
Prestonsburg dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-1 in the district/conference with the loss.
South Floyd pitcher Leighann Hall claimed the win.
Prestonsburg hurler Ashlea Little suffered the loss.
The Lady Raiders moved ahead early, plating nine runs in the top half of the first inning.
Visiting Prestonsburg answered during its second plate appearance, scoring five runs. But the Lady Blackcats couldn’t match offensive-heavy South Floyd’s dominant district effort. The Lady Blackcats stretched their lead in the bottom half of the second inning, scoring seven more runs to lead 16-5.
Hall and her South Floyd teammates held Prestonsburg scoreless in the top half of the third inning. The Lady Raiders manufactured four runs in the bottom half of the third inning to earn the 15-run victory.
Each hitter in the South Floyd batting order contributed at the plate. Brooke Potter and Sydney Hall, the top two hitters in the South Floyd batting order, scored four runs apiece. Behind them, third place hitter Cheyann Light scored three runs.
Potter, Hall and Brandy Osborne each legged out a triple for the Lady Raiders.
Taylor Berger, Kailey Shannon, Nikki Johnson, Melanie Osborne and Brooke Stumbo also contributed for South Floyd in the victory.
Hitters six through nine in the Prestonsburg batting order were responsible for four of the Lady Blackcats’ five runs.
Jenna Layne smacked a double for Prestonsburg in the setback.
South Floyd is scheduled to visit Prestonsburg for a late-season district/conference matchup on May 5.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.