The Powell County Pirate Baseball team over the last month of the season had been the hottest team in the 14th Region. Powell defeated virtually every opponent leading to the post season. Powell fell to Estill in the finals of the 56th District Tournament. The Pirates would go to the 14th Regional Tournament as a runner-up and face a district champion. The luck of the draw was not in the Pirates favor as Powell drew the Hazard Bulldog in the first round.
Powell would have Austin Mullins on the mound and Hazard countered with Griffen Wells, both lefties. Caleb McCoy lead off the game for the Pirates with a walk. After one out McCoy was caught stealing and Powell failed to score in the first inning. Wells singled to lead off for Hazard, a bunt single put runners on first and third. The next hitters grounded into a double play as Wells scored the games first run. Hazard led 1 – 0 after one inning. Both pitchers had three strikeouts in the second inning. Powell was also sat down in order in the third inning.
Hazard drew a walk to start the third inning, after two outs Mullins walked another batter. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Powell committed an error to allow both runners to score. Hazard now led 3 – 0 after three innings.
Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth inning. Powell loaded the bases after an infield hit by Steven Skidmore and walks to Derrick Robinson and Hunter Martin. Powell got a sacrifice fly from Jordan Woosley to score their first run, but Hazard nailed the trail runner trying to advance to third to end the inning.
Mullins held Hazard without a runner in the fifth inning, Hazard led 3 – 1. Both teams again failed to score in the sixth inning.
Powell lead off the top of the seventh with and error by Hazard on ground ball by Skidmore. Robinson walked again and Hunter Martin hit a shot that hit off the Hazard pitcher to load the bases. Skidmore scored on a wild pitch and the runners advanced to second and third. Wells then got a strikeout for the second out of the inning. McCoy came to the plate with Powell trailing by a run. McCoy had reached base all three times that he had batted in the game. McCoy made solid contact but the grounder was right at the Hazard second baseman who threw to first to end the game. Powell fell to Hazard in a heart breaker 3 – 2.
Powell finishes the season with a 27 – 11 record. Austin Mullins was named to the 14th Regional All-Tournament team for the Pirates. Thanks to the Pirates players and coaches for another great season.
Despite a valiant effort and some timely hits and defense, the Powell County Lady Pirates dropped a heart-breaker to rival Estill County in last week’s District Final.
Estill jumped out to an early 1-0 lead and extended it to 3-0 until the fourth. Junior Whitney Cook reached base and moved all the way around to score on two Estill errors ro make it 3-1. Estill scored again to make it 4-1, but Powell added a run to make it 4-2.
Senior Kenzie Barnett, who has been close so many times to going yard, took a 2-1 pitch from Estill’s ace deep over the right-center field fence to make it a 4-3 game in the sixth.
But a couple of questionable calls, a few miscues and Estill was able to tack on four more runs in their half of the sixth inning.
Powell fell 8-3, but placed four players on the all-district team. Senior Nikki Wells, who pitched two good games for Powell, Barnett and Cook each made the team. So did 7th grader Makayla Rucker.
Both teams advanced to the 14th Region Tournament being held at Letcher Central this week.
The Powell County Baseball Pirates advanced to the 56th District Tournament with a decisive 10 – 0 victory over Lee County in the first round. Estill would be the Pirates opponent in the finals. Estill, the arch-rival, has been a thorn the side of the Pirates for the last three seasons. Powell sent Austin Mullins to the mound and Estill pitched Jacob Tuttle.
Powell failed to score in the top of the first and Estill came to bat. Cody Portwood reached on an infield single and went to second on a throwing error by the Pirates. Portwood stole third and scored on a ground out to put Estill ahead 1 – 0 after one inning. Both teams went down in order in the second and third innings. Powell got their first hit in the fourth by Dylan Morton but failed to score. Estill got a lead off walk and a hit to score a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to lead 2 – 0. Powell did not score in the top of the fifth inning. Estill got two walks and a hit off Mullins to score another run and go ahead 3 – 0 after five innings.
Powell’s Caleb McCoy led off the sixth with a walk and scored on a hit by Morton. Steven Skidmore singled to score runner Brett Goodwin for the Pirates. Powell trailed 3 – 2 with Estill coming to bat in the sixth inning.
Estill got a lead off single and another hit to score yet another run. Estill led 4 – 2 going into the final inning.
Powell’s Mark Ventura got on with an Estill error with one out. Jordan Woosley reached with a bunt single as Ventura went to third base. McCoy, the Powell lead off hitter came to the plate. McCoy hit the second pitch up the middle and the Estill shortstop stepped on second then on to first for the double play to end the game. Estill defeated Powell again, this time 4 – 2.
Powell placed four players on the District All-Tournament team: Jacob Hall, Dylan Morton, Austin Mullins and Steven Skidmore. Powell now stands at 27 – 10 on the season. Powell was scheduled to play Hazard in the first round of the 14th Regional Tournament that began on Memorial Day at Buckhorn High School.
The Powell County Pirates were 7 – 7 just two weeks ago. Powell began to hit and put runs on the board. Now the Pirates have won four straight games coming into this past week.
The Pirates opened this past week by traveling to Breathitt County on Monday night. Powell quickly dismantled Breathitt pitching and defeated the Bobcats, 16 – 0. This past Tuesday, Powell hosted Owsley County in a pair of district contests. One was a regularly scheduled game and the other was a makeup from a rain out game at Owsley.
Powell jumped all over Owsley pitchers in both games. In the first game, the Pirates scored 12 runs in the first inning. The big hit was a three run double by Trevor Bloom. Powell coasted through the game and won 18 – 1 over Owsley County. The second game was more of the same. Powell scored 14 runs in the first inning and breezed to a 14 – 0 win.
This past weekend Powell traveled to Belfry for the Jim Vaughn Smith Invitational. Friday’s game was moved to Saturday and the game with Allen Central was canceled. Powell faced Pikeville in their first game of the day. The Pirates got clutch hits and built a lead over Pikeville. Powell pitching was again stellar and held the Bears to just two runs for the game. The Pirates won by the score of 7 – 2.
Belfry, the host school, was the Pirates next opponent. This game was a carbon copy of the previous game of the day. Powell pitching and hitting were on point. The Pirates defeated Belfry, 8 – 2, for their ninth straight victory.
The Pirates are now 16 – 7 overall and 3 – 2 in district play. Powell was scheduled to host Morgan County this past Monday night. The Pirates were scheduled to travel to Lee County on Tuesday for a district contest. Powell can lockup the two seed in the district tournament with a win.
The Pirates host Magoffin County on Friday at the Stanton City Park. Powell hosts Garrard County and Jackson City on Saturday, starting at 12 p.m.
Matt Brooks, the gridiron Pirates starting quarterback the past few years signed as letter of intent last Thursday to play at Cumberland University. Brooks, a force on the field and hard worker in the classroom, hopes to be able to contribute to a NAIA powerhouse. The Patriots have been the top team in the Mid-South Conference the past three season and only lost one game last year. That came in the NAIA Championship Game.
Matt is the son of Troy and Deana Brooks.
By GREG MCINTOSH, Times Sportswriter
The Powell County baseball team has been waiting all year to get consistency with their hitting. The Pirates pitching staff has stepped up and held opponents close but the bats were yet to come around. That was until this past week.
Last Monday, the Pirates hosted Buckhorn and wasted no time in putting the Wildcats out of the game. Powell scored 10 runs in the first inning and coasted to a 15 – 0 shutout win. Last Wednesday, Powell traveled to Wolfe County and the Pirates bats were again ready for the challenge. Powell shutout Wolfe by the score of 12 – 0.
Then last Friday, the Pirates traveled to Letcher Central to face the defending 14th Regional Champions. Letcher and Powell both are two of the favorites to win the 14th Region again this season. The Pirates sent Jacob Hall to the mound and he held Letcher through the first five innings. Powell built a lead of 7 – 2.
Brett Goodwin came in pitch for the Pirates and set Letcher down in the sixth inning. The Pirates had a five run cushion heading to the bottom of the seventh inning.
After two walks and a hit off of Goodwin, Caleb McCoy came in to pitch for Powell. The Pirate defense then fell apart, committing error after error. Letcher tied the game and sent the game to extra innings.
McCoy led off the eighth inning for the Pirates with a triple down the right field line. He would later score on a hit by Dylan Morton to put the Pirates back in front. Letcher again would try to tie or win in the bottom of the inning. McCoy got the side in order to end the game for a 8 – 7 Powell victory.
Powell traveled to Perry Central on Saturday to face the Commodores. The Pirates again were ready to hit and blew Perry out by the score of 12 – 0 to cap off a 4 – 0 week.
Powell now stands at 11 – 7 on the season and 1 – 2 in district play. The Pirates were scheduled to travel to Breathitt County this past Monday. Powell was to host Owsley County on Tuesday for a district doubleheader. The Pirates travel to Belfry this weekend for the Jim Vaughn Smith Invitational. Powell plays Pikeville on Friday.
The Pirates have games with Belfry and Allen Central on Saturday.
The Powell County Pirates baseball team just returned from Myrtle Beach last week having built team unity and played in better weather. The Pirates would be tested in the first game back by the Estill County Engineers.
Last Tuesday Powell hosted Estill in what was a classic pitchers duel. Jacob Hall was on the mound for the Pirates and Jacob Tuttle for the Engineers. Both were untouchable in the first three innings. Estlll got three straight hits to start the fourth inning to take the lead 1 – 0. After a Pirate throwing error and a passed ball the Engineers led 2 – 0 with just one out. Estill hit a fly ball to right fielder, Steven Skidnore, who made the play and nailed the runner at the home that tried to score. Tuttle mowed the Pirates down in the fourth to keep his perfect game. Both teams went down easily in the fifth inning.
Estill mounted a threat in the sixth inning but Skidmore cut down another runner at the plate. Powell still looking for their first base runner in the bottom of the sixth inning, made two quick outs. Jordan Woosley laid down a beautiful bunt for the Pirates first hit. Caleb McCoy singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. Tuttle got the next batter swinging to end the sixth.
Estill went down in the top of the seventh without scoring. Tuttle struck out the first two Pirates in the bottom of the seventh. Powell was down to their last out. Kyle Knox would run the count to 3 -2 before swinging and missing for what looked like the final out. But the ball got away from the Estill catcher and Knox was able to reach first base. Skidmore, then singled to left field and Powell had two runners again. Tuttle got the next man on a strikeout to end the game. Estill won 2 – 0 over the Pirates.
Last Thursday, Powell hosted Bath County. The Pirates bats and pitching were on fire on this day. Powell put 14 runs on the board in four at bats, including 7 runs in the third inning.
On the mound the Pirates were perfect. Bath did not get a single runner on base for the game as three Pirate pitchers combined for a perfect game. Austin Mullins pitched the first three innings for Powell. Cody Hounshell pitched the fourth and Chance Snowden came in to finish off Bath. Powell won easily, 14 – 0.
This past Friday Powell traveled to Magoffin County. Powell’s bats were sluggish as the Pirates were hitting under the Magoffin pitching. Powell managed to score enough to win the game 4 -1. On Saturday, the Pirates traveled to Garrard County. Garrard ranked 17th in the latest coaches poll was a tough opponent for the Pirates. Powell could not score until the last inning and fell 5 – 2.
Powell now stands at 7 – 7 overall and 1 – 2 in district play. The Pirates were scheduled to host Buckhorn on Monday and travel to Owsley County on Tuesday. The Pirates go on the road for the rest of the week. Thursday, Powell visits Wolfe County, Friday, the Pirates travel to Letcher Central and Saturday, the Pirates go to Perry Central.
Photos by Mike Hanson/Sycamore Photography
Powell’s Kaylee Tipton (above) held on tight as she tried to get a Montgomery County player out at second during last Thursday’s game in Mt. Sterling. On the right, Alyssa Pennington pulled in a fly ball in center field in the same game. But despite these efforts the Lady Pirates bats were cold and their defense suspect en route to a 8-0 loss. They did bounce back and beat Lee County 7-1 on Monday to push their record to 3-2 early in the season.