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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Eagles drop home opener to Hazard
BSN Staff Report

PAINTSVILLE — The Johnson Central Golden Eagles opened their 2003 season Wednesday with a 7-6 loss to the Hazard Bulldogs at the Paul G. Fyffe Field at Johnson Central High School.

Johnson Central jumped out to an early lead when senior catcher Kevin Slone singled in Steven Burgess and Travis Montgomery in the bottom of the first inning to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 advantage.

Hazard third baseman Ronnie Johnson singled and scored in the second inning, then later scored on a single to left field off the bat of Chase Patrick to pull to within one, 2-1.

Then in the bottom of the third inning, the Golden Eagles tacked on four more runs with Burgess, Montgomery, Slone and cleanup hitter Trenton VanHoose coming in to score to give Johnson Central a 6-1 advantage.

Hazard put three runs on the board in the fourth to cut the lead to two, 6-4. The score stayed the same throughout the fifth and sixth inning until the Bulldogs added three runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead for good as the Golden Eagles couldn't muster another run in the game.

Johnson Central ace sophomore Adam Blanton pitched six and one third inning. Blanton gave up six runs on eight hits, while he struck out 11 and walked four in the no decision. Sophomore Jeremy VanHoose came on to throw 2/3 of an inning. VanHoose gave up one run on one hit, hit one batter and struck out one in the loss.

Josh Wells pitched the first three innings for the Bulldogs, giving up all six runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking three in the no decision. Randy Fulton came on in relief to start the fourth inning and gave up no runs, no hits while he struck out eight and walked three in the win.

The win improved the Bulldogs' record to 1-1 on the season, while the loss starts the Golden Eagles' season at 0-1.

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