By Greg McIntosh
The first week of the season the Pirates won two of three games, but their hitting was not as the coaching staff wanted. Last Monday’s game was rained out so the Pirates got in some extra hitting practice.
That practice paid off as the Pirates pounded Owsley County on last Tuesday, 21-0 and Menifee County on last Wednesday, 21-0. The Pirates used a balanced attack in both games to score their runs in bunches.
Against Owsley County Joe Scott pitched a two-hitter on the way to the win. Jeremy Trent and Joey Johnson shut out Menifee County the next day.
Last Thursday, Powell County traveled to Hazard to play the Perry County Central Commodores. Perry County Central going into the game was undefeated on the season. The Pirates scored a run in the first inning and two in the second inning to take the lead 3-0.
The lead held up until the fourth inning when the Commodores exploded for eight runs to take the lead from the Pirates.
The big hit of the inning was a homerun for Kevin Smith of Perry Central. Powell County trailed for the first time in the game, but the Pirates did not fold under the pressure.
Powell responded in the fifth with seven runs of their own to retake the lead. The Pirates added two more runs in the seventh inning and held Perry Central scoreless in the last three innings to secure the 12-8 victory.
Cody Morton and Aaron McIntosh each had doubles in the game, as the Pirates bats yielded eleven hits. Logan Morton and Jon Mays pitched for Powell. Mays picked up his first win of the season. The Powell County coaches were excited with the victory. Coach Varney said, “That was a big, big win for us in the region”.
The Pirates traveled to Magoffin County last Friday to take on the Hornets. Magoffin had always played the Pirates tough in seasons past, but not this time.
The Pirates bats were smoking as they collected sixteen hits on the way to a 26-1 victory over the Hornets. Powell County’s Joe Scott pitched a one-hitter for the win.
The story at the plate for the Pirates was Elliot Hale, who had two homeruns and a triple. Hale collected both homers in the third inning, one was a grand slam.
Hale picked nine runs batted in for the game as well. Aaron McIntosh and Joe Scott each had two hits for the Pirates.
Powell was at home last Saturday on a windy day at the Stanton City Park. Johnson Central was the opponent in this contest.
Johnson Central scored first in the third inning, but the Pirates tied the score in the bottom of the inning. Matt Pelfrey walked and stole second base. Cody Morton bunted Pelfrey to third. Aaron McIntosh doubled to right field for the run batted in.
The score was tied until the top of fifth inning when Johnson Central knocked Pirate pitcher Frank Spencer from the game, Jon Mays came to the mound in relief but the damage had been done. The Eagles scored three runs to take the lead again. The Pirates could not score again and lost a tough game 4-1. Elliot Hale and Frank Spencer each had two hits for the Pirates.
Powell County finished the second week of the season with an overall record of 6-2 and 1-0 in district play.
The Pirates were scheduled to play Rowan County on Monday in Morehead. Tuesday the Lee County Bobcats were to be in Stanton to play the Pirates in a 56th District contest.
The Pirates will travel to Bowling Green on Friday and Saturday for the Bowling Green/Warren County Invitational Tournament. Good Luck Baseball Pirates.