IRVINE – Allen Central pulled away to defeat host Estill County 7-3 in the Bill Orme Classic on Saturday.
High school baseball rivals from neighboring regions, Allen Central and Estill County met for the first time in the 2016 season.
Allen Central pitcher Dustin Johnson earned the win.
Johnson fared well after a turbulent start in his latest pitching appearance for the Rebels. Starting strong, homestanding Estill County plated all three of its runs in the first inning. Each of the first three hitters in the Estill County batting order reached base and scored in the first inning.
But the Engineers cooled off.
Pitching out of a relief role, Allen Central’s Matt Combs earned the save.
Estill County hurler Rocky Hix suffered the loss.
The Rebels scored once in both the second and third innings to pull to with one run of Estill County.
After the rough opening inning, Allen Central tightened up defensively.
Excelling at the plate in the fourth inning, Allen Central erupted for five runs to move ahead 7-3. The Rebels took a four-run lead and never faltered throughout the remainder of the high school baseball game.
Wyatt Crisp scored two of Allen Central’s seven runs. Seth Hall, Kane Taylor, Cameron Blevins, Cameron Nelson and Austin Lawson scored one run apiece for the Rebels.
Johnson, Steven Howard, Rico Dominguez and Caleb Osborne also contributed for the Allen Central baseball team in the victory.
In another game in the Bill Orme Classic on Saturday, Allen Central blanked Madison Southern 4-0 behind a complete game shutout from Combs.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.