SALYERSVILLE - Behind a one-hit shutout from pitcher Kyle Howard, Magoffin County blanked visiting 15th Region rival Betsy Layne 16-0 in five innings in a high school baseball game on Thursday, May 3.
Magoffin County returned to the win column following a 12-run loss to Pike County Central two days earlier.
The Hornets set the tone early, pushing across two runs in the bottom half of the first inning.
Remaining in control, Magoffin County followed its initial plate appearance with six runs in the second inning to move ahead 8-0.
The Hornets put the game completely out of Betsy Layne's reach in the third inning, scoring five runs to take a 13-0 lead.
The productive Howard averaged nearly two strikeouts per inning during his outing on the mound. Howard pitched a complete game for the Hornets, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out nine over five innings as he claimed the win.
Cameron Kimbler started on the mound for the Bobcats. Kimbler pitched one and two-thirds innings, allowing eight runs on five hits.
Chase Hamilton and Andrew Kidd pitched out of relief roles for the Bobcats, throwing one and one-third innings and one inning, respectively.
Players throughout the Magoffin County batting order contributed as the Hornets racked up a dozen hits and thrived offensively.
Magoffin County, which tacked on three runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning, outhit Betsy Layne 12-1. Logan Lovely, Nathan Perkins, Mason Lovely and Kirklen Wireman led the Magoffin County offensive effort with two hits apiece. Perkins provided a game-high five RBIs and Wireman drilled two doubles as Magoffin County prevailed.
Helping his pitching cause at the plate, Howard delivered one hit and three RBIs for the Hornets in the convincing victory.
The Hornets also excelled defensively, turning in an error-free performance in the field.
Jamison Stanley collected Betsy Layne's lone hit in the lopsided loss.
Betsy Layne struggled in the field, committing five errors.