PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg worked its way into the win column for the first time in the 2016 season earlier in the week, defeating visiting Menifee County 23-9 in three innings in a non-district high school softball game at StoneCrest on Monday.
With the win, Prestonsburg improved to 1-9.
Remaining winless, Menifee County dropped to 0-10 with the loss.
“We’re a very young team returning only three varsity starters from last year’s team,” first-year Prestonsburg Coach Cathy Layne commented. “We have a tough schedule that is only going to make our team better. We may be young and inexperienced but my girls love the game and are having fun while working hard to improve individually. We have a lot of raw talent on this team and watching them grow as players and as a team is what makes coaching fun.”
Prestonsburg pitcher Mariana Jacobs earned the win.
Menifee County pushed across six runs in the top half half of the first inning. Prestonsburg, however, answered, plating eight runs during its initial at-bat.
After moving ahead, Prestonsburg never trailed again. The Lady Blackcats allowed one run in the top half of the second inning. Thriving offensively during its second plate appearance, Prestonsburg erupted for 15 runs to put the game out of Menifee County’s reach.
Megan Music (2-for-2, three RBIs), Kassidy Griffith (1-for-1, four RBIs), Hannah Depoy (1-for-1, two RBIs) and Jenna Layne (1-for-1, two RBIs) led the Lady Blackcat offensive attack.
Prestonsburg is scheduled to visit Letcher County Central on Monday then host Allen Central for a 58th District/Floyd County Conference game on Tuesday. First pitch for each upcoming high school softball game is set for 6 p.m.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.