ROBINSON CREEK - Prestonsburg repeated as 15th Region All “A” Classic champion Saturday night, doubling up Pikeville 6-3 in the title game at Shelby Valley.
The Blackcats won their second 15th Region All “A” Classic championship in as many years under young head coach Shane Simpkins.
Prestonsburg junior pitcher Trey Stapleton registered nine strikeouts and didn’t give up any walks en route to the win.
The Blackcats never trailed, scoring two runs in their initial plate appearance. Prestonsburg pushed across two runs in the third inning and took a 6-0 lead out of the fifth.
Pikeville scored all three of its runs in the sixth inning.
Finishing strong, Stapleton struck out two of the last three batters he faced.
Offensively, Kyle Chaffin had a triple for the Blackcats. Stapleton, Grant Anderson, Hunter Brown, Tyler Shelton and Adam Crisp each had a single as part of the Prestonsburg offensive attack.
Prestonsburg, which beat Floyd County rival Allen Central 12-2 in five innings in the opening round earlier in the week, advanced to the title game after edging Magoffin County 12-11 in the semifinals.
In softball, Pikeville defeated Paintsville 7-3 in the 15th Region All “A” Classic championship game.
More on Prestonsburg’s earlier wins in the 15th Region All “A” Classic follows.
Prestonsburg 12, Magoffin County 11: The Blackcats plated two runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning to edge Magoffin County 12-11 on Saturday afternoon.
Jarrin Hall started on the mound for the Blackcats. Kyle Chaffin replaced Hall on the hill later in the game but wasn’t the last Prestonsburg player to work from the mound. His younger brother, junior left-hander Cody Chaffin, pitching out of a relief role, earned the win.
The two regional rivals battled throughout the tournament game. Prestonsburg plated five runs in the second inning. Countering, Magoffin County scored six runs in the fourth inning.
Bryson Williams was perfect at the plate for Prestonsburg, finishing 4-for-4 with four singles.
Prestonsburg leadoff batter Grant Anderson drew three walks and reached on an error. Anderson scored a game-high four runs as the Blackcats survived.
Prestonsburg 12, Allen Central 2: The Prestonsburg Blackcats rolled past a 58th District/Floyd County Conference foe in the opening round of the 15th Region All “A” Classic on Thursday, defeating Allen Central 12-2 in five innings.
Prestonsburg senior pitcher Adam Crisp notched the win.
Blackcat leadoff hitter Grant Anderson led the Prestonsburg offense with a triple and single. Anderson, Bryson Williams, Kyle Welch, Hunter Brown and Crip scored two runs apiece for the Blackcats.
Prestonsburg packed a 9-2 lead out of the fourth inning.
Allen Central pitcher Dillon Lawson suffered the loss.