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