Prestonsburg, Ky. — Lawrence Co. Baseball will head to Myrtle Beach on a high note after a 6-3 nine inning victory over Prestonsburg ( 5-4 ) Thursday night at Stonecrest Sportspark.
Will Lafferty fires a strike in the ninth inning versus Prestonsburg.
The Dawgs scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning and Will Lafferty shut down the Blackcats in the bottom half to close out the win.
Lafferty was the winning pitcher tossing two perfect innings, while striking out three. He also drove in a run.
Jake Derifield was magnificent in his seven innings of work, striking out eleven, allowing two earned runs, gave up three hits and didn’t walk a batter. He also singled and scored once.
Jake Derifield was lights out against Prestonsburg Thursday.
Braydan Maynard tripled, doubled and scored two runs, Abner Collinsworth tripled and drove in a run, Cody Crum singled and drove in two runs, Eli Fletcher and Ryan Marcum drove in one each, Ford Scaggs scored a run.
Prestonsburg 13 Lawrence Co. 6 ( Wednesday )
The Bulldogs lost for the first time ever in 58th District action.
Abner Collinsworth hit a bases clearing double and scored a run, Braydan Maynard doubled and knocked in two runs, Eli Fletcher singled and scored a run, Boedy Maynard singled and scored a run, Will Lafferty and Jake Derifield scored once.
Talon Pollack suffered the loss on the mound for the Bulldogs.
Boyd Co. 16 Lawrence Co. 6 ( Monday )
The Lions scored six runs in the third inning and eight runs in the fourth inning to remain undefeated on the season.
Will Lafferty tripled, drove in a run and scored twice, Eli Fletcher singled, drove in two runs and scored once, Abner Collinsworth had two RBIs and scored a run, Blake Prater, Cody Crum and Jake Derifield singled and scored a run, Braydan Maynard drove in a run.
Braxton Davis was the losing pitcher in relief for the Dawgs.
The Bulldogs will open up their annual spring break trip in Myrtle Beach on Sunday at 4:00 versus Oakton ( VA ), on Monday at 1:30 they will face Harbor Creek ( PA ), on Tuesday they will play a doubleheader with game one at 11:00 am against St. Joseph’s Collegiate Prep ( NY ) and at 1:30 versus Northwest ( OH ) and the close out the trip on Wednesday at 8:30 am against Hillsdale ( OH ).
2023 Bulldog Freshmen
Braxton Davis, Owen Pack, Boedy Maynard
Lawrence Co. Head Coach Travis Feltner
“… Jake Derifield and Will Lafferty were both studs on the mound tonight. Derifield went seven innings of impeccable pitching that we have had this season by far. And then Will came in and filled up the strike zone. He did the same thing Monday night and we pulled him against Boyd Co. early for this game right here. Tough break in the seventh inning which allowed them to tie it and I told them when things go bad they really go bad. Honestly now that we ended up winning I’m glad that we went through that adversity. Hopefully these types of wins will build some mental strength which is what we are lacking. We have a lot of guys with experience but they are doing things that they have never been asked to do. And then we got a bunch of guys that have no experience. It’s going to take us a while to get it right.”
“… Prestonsburg the last few years have been right there with us. They only difference was that we have a had shut down guys on the mound. And they couldn’t get it going. Defense and pitching has been right there with us and it’s not a shock to me at all. They were hungry on Wednesday and were ready to play and our guys weren’t and it showed so give them all of the credit. Our margin of error is not very big right now so hats off to them. I thought tonight we were ready to play for the most part.”
“… This year more then any we will have 24 or 25 guys going down and it’s a trip to get us right. We will play nine games in four days between the two levels. It’s always a baseball trip but this is a get right trip. Not sure what our record will be when we get back because it really have no idea what kind of competition we will be playing. We go play excellent and not win a game. We have to figure some things out, weather looks great and we are excited.”