Visiting Blackcats edge Paintsville, 6-5

By Steve LeMaster -

PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg posted its third straight win on Thursday, edging 15th Region rival Paintsville 6-5 in an early-season high school baseball game.

The Blackcats posted their third straight win.

With the win, Prestonsburg improved to 6-1.

Paintsville slipped to 2-6 with the win.

Prestonsburg remained in the win column after topping Pike County Central 11-1 in six innings and defeating Magoffin County 14-4 earlier in the week.

On the mound, Prestonsburg pitcher Grant Martin pitched five innings and earned the win.

Martin was one of two Blackcat pitchers to work from the mound during the matchup.

Closing the game out, Prestonsburg reliever Nick Caudill worked the final two innings and notched the save.

Prestonsburg, under the direction of new head coach Shawn Hager, won for the sixth time in seven outings during the 2016 season. Hager is in his first season after replacing Shane Simpkins at the top of the Prestonsburg baseball program.

Ryne Slone, Reece Ison, John Cooksey and Nick Rowe delivered two hits apiece for the Blackcats in the hard-fought win.

Cooksey, Rowe and Bryce Tucker delivered one RBI apiece for the Blackcats in the victory.

Tucker and Scott Stapleton provided one hit hit each for the winning team.

The Blackcats and Tigers are familiar foes from neighboring districts. Tradition-rich Paintsville captured a state championship in 1990.

Prestonsburg is scheduled to visit Paintsville for a late-season game on May 16.

By Steve LeMaster

Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

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