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Thu, Jul 20, 2017 03:34 PM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Black Cats take Knott tourney
by Alton Huff

HINDMAN — At least on this occasion, a tied baseball game was a bit sweeter for Prestonsburg than the preverbal sisterly kiss.


With the score even at five and the rains pouring down on an already soaked Knott County Central field, Sunday’s championship game of the East Kentucky Invitational Tournament was called after five innings.

In accordance with tourney provisions, the Blackcats were ruled champions over title game opponent Whitesburg because of an overall event run total being the first tie-breaker.

Prestonsburg, 3-0-1, took an early three-run lead in the tourney finale on an Adam Dixon three-run home run in the top half of the first inning, and after a single Whitesburg tally in the second, took a 5-1 advantage with two more runs in the third.

The Blackcats, who outscored Whitesburg 55-24 over the five-day event, defeated Evarts 20-2 in Friday’s second round after exploding for 11 runs in the first inning.

Prestonsburg, which got two hits apiece from John Hunt, Adam Dixon, Joey Willis, Mic Morrison and Thomas Nelson, added seven runs in the second and two more in the third to end the game after four innings.

Nelson went the distance to get the pitching win, giving up only two hits while striking out five and walking two in his four innings of work.

Willis reached base in three of his four plate appearances and scored three runs while Dixon added a pair of RBI singles Saturday as Prestonsburg defeated Williamson 10-4.

Sophomore John Mark Stephens threw all seven innings, surrendering just two earned runs on five hits while striking out four and walking two.

Josh Colmenaras, who got the win in game one Wednesday, proved to be Prestonsburg’s offensive leader, finishing the four-game tournament with eight hits and 10 runs batted in.

Dixon, a senior catcher, banged out seven hits while driving in seven runs and Willis, who pitched the final game, banged out five hits and scored eight runs.

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