GOODY, Ky. – The Hazard Bulldogs topped the Belfry Pirates 3-1 on Friday evening in the Jim Vaughn Smith Invitational (JVSI) played at the BHS sports complex at Goody, Ky.
Sophomore Keaton Taylor had only BHS hit, a single to left field leading off third.
The Pirates got their only run in the 2nd inning with two outs. Zac Fields was hit by a pitch to reach first base. Garrett Fannin came into the game as a courtesy runner. Fannin stole second base, wen to 3rd base on an error by Bulldogs pitcher Kameron Conley and then scored on a wild pitch.
In the 3rd inning Hazard’s Griffin Wells singled with one out, but he was caught stealing as catcher Caleb Staney threw to shortstop Zack Francisco. Coe Ratliff then walked, followed by a Jordan Olinger RBI double to right field.
Then Hazard’s J. T. Haynes slashed an RBI single to center field to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.
Hazard added an insurance run in the 4th inning after Josh Meehan walked, and then he stole both second and third base. He scored on a balk by Belfry pitcher Zac Fields.
Blake Lockhart was the winning pitcher. Griffin Wells picked up a save after pitching a scoreless 7th frame for the Bulldogs.
Fields took the loss on the mound for the Pirates. Joey Duty also saw three innings of action on the hill for BHS. He held the Bulldogs scoreless the rest of the way.
Belfry saw their record drop to 9-13, while Hazard improved to 19-5. The Pirates were scheduled to play host to Sheldon Clark on Monday if the weather permitted.
Friday, April 26
Score by innings:
Hazard …0 0 2 1 0 0 0 - 3 8 3
Belfry … 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 1 1
WP: Blake Lockhart, SV; Griffin Wells. LP: Fields.