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Pierce tosses no-no in first round win over Lady Tigers
MICAILYN PIERCE delivered a pitch to the plate during the Lady Eagles’ 10-0 victory over the Paintsville Lady Tigers in the first round of the 2017 57th District Softball Tournament. Pierce allowed no hits and struck out seven in the five-inning contest. The Lady Eagles will take on the Magoffin County Lady Hornets in the championship game of the tournament tonight at 7 p.m. on the Johnson Central Softball Field.

By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Johnson Central Lady Eagles defeated the Paintsville Lady Tigers, behind a no-hitter from pitcher Micailyn Pierce and 15 hits as a team Monday night in the first round of the 2017 57th District Softball Tournament at Lady Eagle Field.
Paintsville’s Jordyn Mulcahy reached on an error to lead off the contest, but the Lady Tigers couldn’t get her across, as Pierce retired the next three batters in order to get out of the inning.

Wells claims state shot put crown
By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

Johnson Central junior Marcus Wells captured the 2017 shot put crown in the KHSAA Track and Field State Championships Friday at the University of Kentucky Track and Field Complex.
Wells was two feet better than the rest of the field with a distance of 49-09.50 on his final throw. The junior stepped to the throwing pit for the final time with a 48-08 throw already recorded. Bell County junior Dalton Raby finished second with a distance of 47-03.00 ahead of Mercer County junior Zack Phillips (46-08.75). The state record for the shot put in Kentucky is 67-00.00 and was set in 1969 by Jesse Stuart of Glasgow.

Nordin, Meade, Allen, and Stambaugh stake regional track title claims
ABBEY MEADE captured the Class A, Region 7 100-meter high hurdles championship with a time of 17.78 and ran the first leg of the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams that earned a regional title with times of 53.9 and 1:53.83 respectively. Meade and the other qualifiers will compete in the state competition Saturday morning in Lexington.

By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Paintsville High School Track and Field Team laid claim to four individual and two relay crowns during the 2017 Class A Region 7 Track Field Championships Saturday at the Russell High School Track.
Juniors Tori Nordin and Abbey Meade each won an individual championship and led two relay teams to wins to pace the girls’ squad, while Tyrese Allen and Silas Stambaugh captured crowns in each of their individual events.
Nordin won the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.23 and Meade captured the 100-meter high hurdles crown with a time of 17.78.
Stambaugh ran a 23.51 to outrun defending regional champion Ethan Brown’s time of 23.61 to win the 200-meter dash and Allen won the shot put event with a toss of 12.80 meters.
Meade, along with junior Presley Chirico, senior Abby James and Nordin won the girl’s 4x200 meter relay with a time of 1:53.83 ahead of Raceland’s 1:54.94.

Eagles down Pikeville 4-1 on Senior Day
By Tim Pelphrey
Sports editor

Sophomore Trevor May turned in a solid pitching performance to begin the game and senior Tucker Jennings and Tate Meade came in the slam the door shut through the final three innings in the Eagles 4-1 victory over the Pikeville Panthers Monday night at the Johnson Central Baseball Field.
The Eagles took control early with one run in the bottom of the first and tacked on another one in the second, before adding two in the third to claim a 4-0 lead.
Austin Davis earned a two-out walk to get things started in the first inning and May followed with a single, before Riley Preece singled to make it 1-0.
Braxton Kelly earned a walk to start the second and later scored on a Geordan Blanton groundout to extend the lead to 2-0.
Austin Davis started the third with a hit and pinch-runner Ryan Sartin crossed when May followed with a triple to widen the gap to 3-0, before charity-runner Luke Vance scored on an error to make it 4-0.
The Panthers’ lone run came in the top of the fourth frame when Andrew McNamee reached on an error and later scored on a Tyler Elkins single to cut the lead to 4-1.

May drives in two in 3-2 victory over Campbell Co.
TREVOR MAY watched a pitch during the Eagles’ victory over Pikeville Monday night. May drove in two runs during the Eagles’ victory over Campbell County during the Fayette County Invitational Saturday at the Henry Clay High School. The Eagles are scheduled to travel to Perry County Central today and Belfry on Thursday, before hosting Scott County Friday night.

By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

Johnson Central got two hits and two RBI from sophomore outfielder Trevor May and Braxton Kelly earned a complete-game 3-2 victory over the Campbell County Camels during the Fayette County Invitational Tournament Saturday at the Henry Clay High School Baseball Field.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead when Geordan Blanton reached on an error and later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Blake Delong to make it 1-0.
Central added to the lead in the top of the fourth inning when Delong singled and advanced to third when Riley Preece reached on an error, before May singled in both runners to give the Eagles the 3-0 advantage.
The Eagles held the three-run lead until the Camels put two runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Joe Eblin singled and Collin Teagarden drew a walk, before Ethan Kremer reached on a fielders’ choice to plate one and Austin Hoeh singled in the other for the 3-2 final score.
Kelly gave up eight hits and walked two, while striking out seven batters in improving his record to 6-1 on the year and 16-7 in his career.

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