DRIFT – Allen Central pulled away to beat Betsy Layne 10-0 in five innings via the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Mercy Rule in the opening round of the highly-anticipated 58th District Baseball Tournament at Drift Field on Monday evening.
With the win, Allen Central improved to 18-11 and advanced to the 58th District championship game.
Betsy Layne ended its season 1-25 with the loss.
Allen Central starting pitcher Austin Lawson earned the win. Lawson fared well throughout his latest pitching appearance for the Allen Central baseball team. Another Rebel pitcher, Cameron Nelson, working out of a relief role, claimed the save.
Betsy Layne pitcher Dustin Boyd suffered the loss.
Leading the Rebels offensively, Cameron Blevins went 3-for-3 at the plate.
The Rebels managed to shake off a slow start and eventually got going offensively.
Allen Central broke open a scoreless game in the bottom half of the second inning, plating one run to take a slim lead.
After holding Betsy Layne scoreless for the third consecutive plate appearance, Allen Central erupted for six runs. The Rebels plated six runs in the bottom half of the third inning.
The Rebels pushed their lead out to a 10-run advantage thanks to a three-run outburst in the home portion of the fourth inning.
Wyatt Crisp scored a game-high three runs for former 15th Region Champion Allen Central in the postseason victory. Blevins and Dustin Johnson scored two runs apiece for the Rebels.
Allen Central advanced to the 58th District Baseball Tournament Championship game. The district title contest is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Drift Field.
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