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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Lawrence County, Paintsville win district titles

Lawrence County pitcher Luke Patton allowed just two hits and belted a two-run homer to power the Bulldogs to a 3-1 win over Prestonsburg in the 58th District tournament championship game played at Betsy Layne on Wednesday night. 

Abner Collinsworth added an RBI single, and Jake Derifield singled twice. 

Payton Burke had a pair of doubles and batted in the lone Blackcat run. Jon Little scored. 

Matt Welch took the loss. 

At Stanville 

(58th District tournament championship) 


PB (16-13)…000 001 0 – 1-2-1 

LC (26-7)…..010 200 x – 3-7-1 


WP – Luke Patton  

LP – Matt Welch 

Hitting: Payton Burke 2-2b, 1 RBI; Jon Little 1r, Prestonsburg; Luke Patton HR, 2r, 2 RBI; Abner Collinsworth 1b, 1 RBI; Jake Derifield 2-1b, Lawrence County. 


Johnson Central….3 

Paintsville’s Jonah Little blasted a three-run home in the first inning and Ashton Miller added a solo shot as the Tigers took a five-run lead in the frame and went on to beat cross-town rival Johnson Central, 11-3, in the 57th District championship game played at Eagle Field on Wednesday night. 

Porter added a single, walked, scored twice, and drove in four. Austin Allen singled three times, scored three runs, and batted in one. 

Baron Ratliff doubled and singled, scored once and knocked in two runs to help back winning pitcher Zach Taylor. 

Conner Lemaster smashed a two-run home run in the loss. Losing pitcher Cameron Kelsey singled, walked, and scored twice. 

At Paintsville 

(57th District tournament championship) 


JC (13-21)…….001 020 0 – 3- 4-4 

PV (22-13)……520 130 x – 11-11-2 


WP – Zach Taylor  

LP – Cameron Kelsey 

Hitting: Conner Lemaster 2r-HR; Cameron Kelsey 1b, bb, 2r, Johnson Central; Jonah Porter 3r-HR, 1b, bb, 2r, 4 RBI; Ashton Miller solo-HR, 1b; Austin Allen 3-1b, 3r, 1 RBI; Baron Ratliff 2b, 1b, bb, 1r, 2 RBI, Paintsville. 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Lady Hawks claim 60th title; Lady Cougars take 53rd

Pike County Central scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning to pull away and defeat Belfry, 8-1, in the 60th District tournament championship game played at Phelps on Wednesday night. 

Liv Sanders had a big game with two hits, including a double, walked, scored, and batted in three runs. Emalie Tackett singled in one run and scored twice while Taylor Hannah doubled twice and added a pair of RBIs. 

Chloe Hannah was the winning pitcher. 

Cameron Childers doubled in the lone run for the Lady Pirates. Natalie Fite walked twice and scored. 

Molly Fahm was the losing pitcher. 

Both teams move on to the 15th Region tournament. 

At Phelps 

(60th District tournament championship) 


BF (17-10)….000 010 0 – 1-3-1 

PCC (26-11)..250 010 x – 8-6-0 


WP – Chloe Hannah 

LP – Molly Fahm 

Hitting: Cameron Childers 2b, 1 RBI; Natalie Fite 2-bb, 1r, Belfry; Liv Sanders 2b, 1b, bb, 1r, 3 RBI; Emalie Tackett 1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Taylor Hannah 2-2b, 2 RBI, Pike Central. 


Letcher Central….13 

Knott Central……..2 

Letcher Central snapped a scoreless game with two runs in the third inning and the Lady Cougars rolled to a 12-2 win over host Knott County Central in the 53rd District tournament championship played at Hindman on Wednesday night. 

Winning pitcher Alyssa Nicely did not allow a hit. 

Autumn Wampler had a monstrous night at the plate with a home run, two doubles, a single, two runs scored and seven runs batted in. 

Abigail McDougal tripled, singled, drove in four runs and scored twice while Kyleigh Wright singled twice and scored both times. 

‘Tori Holcomb singled, walked, and scored three times while McKenzie Nantz singled and scored a pair of runs. 

At Hindman 

(53rd District tournament championship) 


LCC (18-9)……002 56 – 13-14-1 

KCC (19-12)…000 20 – 2- 0-1 


WP – Alyssa Nicely 

LP – Kate Conley 

Hitting: Autumn Wampler HR, 2-2b, 1b, 2r, 7 RBI; Abigail McDougal 3b, 1b, 2r, 4 RBI; Kyleigh Wright 2-1b, 2r; Tori Holcomb 1b, bb, 3r; McKenzie Nantz 1b, 2r, Letcher Central. 




Man’s bid to reach the state tournament ended in a 3-1 loss to defending regional champion Wahama on the road on Wednesday night. 

Trista Marcum had an RBI single in the loss, scoring pitcher Morgan Cooper. McKinley Cline added two singles. 

The Lady Billies end the season at 13-6. 

At Wahama 

(Class A Regional championship) 


MN (13-6)….000 001 0 – 1-3-0 

WH (26-2)….100 020 x – 3-6-2 


WP – Mikie Lieving 

LP – Morgan Cooper 

Hitting: Trista Marcum 1b, 1 RBI; McKinley Cline 2-1b; Morgan Cooper 1r, Man. 

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