HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Hornets roll past Breathitt for first win

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JACKSON - Magoffin County notched its first win on the baseball diamond in the 2014 season on Friday, defeating host Breathitt County 16-3 in six innings. 

With the win, Magoffin County improved to 1-3.

Following the loss, Breathitt County fell to 0-6.

The Hornets scored first and never trailed, dominating Breathitt County throughout the early-season high school baseball game. 

Magoffin County freshman pitcher Jaren Lovely picked up the win. Lovely pitched five innings, allowing only two earned runs. The Magoffin County starting pitcher recorded five strikeouts.

Fellow freshman Ethan Collins pitched the sixth inning, striking out two Breathitt County batters in his latest appearance. 

Magoffin County didn't waste any time moving out in front, securing a lead early during its initial at-bat. The Hornets moved ahead in the top half of the first inning. Magoffin County scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second and four more in the third to lead 9-0 before Breathitt County answered with its first run.

Homestanding Breathitt County scored once in the bottom half of the third inning but couldn't keep up with the offensive-heavy Hornets.

Extending its lead, Magoffin County scored four runs in the top half of the fourth inning. 

Magoffin County, which scored two or more runs in each of its first five plate appearances, added four more runs in the fifth inning to lead 16-1.

Prior to falling short, Breathitt County added two more runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning.

Nine different Magoffin County players contributed at least one hit. Lovely, Collins and Chance Allen each had two hits for the Hornets.

Cody Bailey, Austin Collins, Dillon Williams, Ryan Mullins, Zach Salyer and Will Bingham added one hit apiece for Magoffin County in the convincing win.

Aiding the Magoffin County offensive attack, Tyler Fitzpatrick collected four walks. 

Lovely, Bailey and Mullins scored three runs apiece for the Hornets. 

Magoffin County was hosting Lee County at press time on Wednesday. Results from the Magoffin County-Lee County baseball game were unavailable at press time and will appear in next week's edition.