PRESTONSBURG – The Prestonsburg Blackcats swept the Betsy Layne Bobcats in a two-game 58th District baseball series earlier in the week.
On Monday, Prestonsburg pulled away to beat visiting Betsy Layne 15-3 in five innings.
Completing a district series sweep, Prestonsburg topped host Betsy Layne 16-1 in five innings on Tuesday.
More on each Prestonsburg-Betsy Layne baseball game follows.
Prestonsburg 15, Betsy Layne 3 (5 innings): Fresh off capturing the 15th Region All “A” Classic championship, host Prestonsburg pulled away to beat 58th District rival Betsy Layne 15-3 in five innings thanks to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Mercy Rule on Monday.
On the mound for Prestonsburg, pitcher Scott Stapleton worked three innings and earned the win.
Zion Echols and Nick Rowe also pitched for the Blackcats in the convincing victory.
Leading the Blackcats offensively, Ryne Slone provided two hits and four RBIs.
Wesley Hager added two hits and three RBIs for the Blackcats in the triumph.
Helping his pitching cause at the plate, Stapleton delivered two hits (one double) and two RBIs.
Additional contributors at the plate for the Blackcats were Reece Ison (two hits, one RBI), Grant Martin (one hit, one RBI), John Cooksey (one hit, one RBI), Bailey Slone (two RBIs) and Seth Ramsey (one hit).
Prestonsburg 16, Betsy Layne 1 (5 innings): Remaining in the win column on Tuesday, Prestonsburg downed Betsy Layne 16-1 in five innings via the KHSAA’s Mercy Rule.
With the win, Prestonsburg improved to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the 58th District.
Betsy Layne dropped to 1-10 overall and 0-4 in the district with the loss.
Prestonsburg pitcher John Cooksey worked two innings and earned the win. Along with Cooksey, Nick Caudill and Wesley Hager pitched for the Blackcats.
Caudill, Scott Stapleton, Bryce Tucker, Nick Rowe and Bailey Slone provided two hits apiece for the Prestonsburg baseball club in the win.
Wesley Hager, Ryne Slone, Reece Ison and Tanner Hicks chipped in one hit each for the Blackcats.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at 606/886-8506.