Stapleton, Hager combine to one-hit South Floyd


By Steve LeMaster - slemaster@civitasmedia.com



PRESTONSBURG – Juniors Scott Stapleton and Wesley Hager combined to pitch a one-hitter as Prestonsburg blanked longtime rival South Floyd 11-0 in five innings via the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Mercy Rule in the first game of a 58th District/Floyd County Conference baseball doubleheader on Thursday.

The Blackcats dominated in all five innings of the district/conference matchup, excelling both offensively and defensively against the Raiders.

Currently, Prestonsburg and South Floyd are on opposite ends of the 58th District/Floyd County Conference baseball standings.

Stapleton and Hager made up a tough pitching tandem, limiting South Floyd batters throughout the district/conference contest.

Stapleton worked the first three innings on the mound. Pitching out of a relief role for the Blackcats, Hager worked the final three innings for the Blackcats.

Hitters throughout the Prestonsburg batting order provided a lift at the plate.

Nick Rowe led the Prestonsburg offensive effort, delivering three hits, one of which was a double. Rowe also provided two RBIs for the Blackcats in the victory.

Bryce Tucker added a triple and a game-high three RBIs for the Prestonsburg baseball squad.

Helping his pitching cause at the plate, Stapleton contributed one hit in the Blackcats’ triumph.

Prestonsburg is under the direction of first-year head coach Shawn Hager, who made the move from Sheldon Clark in Martin County.

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By Steve LeMaster

slemaster@civitasmedia.com

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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