Prestonsburg, Ky. — Lawrence Co. Baseball’s season came to end as Paintsville beat the Dawgs 6-0 in the first round of the 15th Region tournament Sunday at Stonecrest Sports Complex.
Jake Derifield was tagged with the loss for Lawrence Co. after starting and pitching the first two innings. Derifield was on base twice offensively.
Will Lafferty went four innings versus Paintsville and allowed one earned run.
Will Lafferty singled twice, Blake Prater singled and walked, Abner Collinsworth singled and Braydan Maynard walked.
#21 Blake Prater is replaced by courtesy runner #13 Braxton Davis
The Dawgs finished the season 18-12 and will lose four seniors from this year’s team.
Paintsville ( 28-8 ) will face Pikeville ( 22-11 ) in the semifinals Monday at 8:00 after the Panthers beat Belfry 10-0 in the second game Sunday.
In the the third game Sunday Pike Co. Central was victorious over Shelby Valley 5-4.
In the final game of the first round Johnson Central defeated Floyd Central 10-4.
Pike Co. Central and Johnson Central will play the first game Monday at 5:00.
Championship game is set for 6:00 Wednesday.
Boedy Maynard makes a nice running catch for the first out of the ballgame Sunday.
Lawrence Co. Head Coach Travis Feltner
“… Tip your hat to Paintsville and to Jonah Porter he hasn’t thrown that much for then this year but he came out today and enticed us to swing at his pitches and not our pitches. He got them well into the seventh inning and we never could get much of anything going offensively. It’s no secret that we have struggled for most of the season but I thought when we got in May we had turned the corner a little bit. We cleaned a lot of things up and played much better of late. We were behind the eight ball to start the year and were below .500 for a big stretch but we dug and clawed our way out of that and won the 2A section tournament which is a big accomplishment. Honestly we were never consistent enough and that is on me as a coach and we will own that one. We have 270 odd days to figure it and we will do just that and make the necessary changes.”
“… Today is a product of last week and give Floyd Central credit for putting us in the spot to draw some one like Paintsville in the first round. They have several seniors and we had knocked them out the last two years and they were ready for us today. They wanted this opportunity and they took full advantage of it.”
“… To our four seniors it’s all love to Will Lafferty, Braydan Maynard, Ryan Marcum and Dylan Whitt all of them have been here a minimum of four years and some of them 6 to 7 years and all of them are quality young men and gave us a lot of their time and I do believe in all four of them and they will figure it in life and I’m proud that they were a part of our program.”