STANTON - The Magoffin County Hornets halted a four-game losing skid on the road at Powell County on Thursday (April 5), upending the host Pirates 9-6.
Familiar foes, Magoffin County and Powell County are rivals from neighboring regions.
With the win, Magoffin County improved to 2-4.
Powell County, a former 14th Region champion, dropped to 4-2 with the loss.
The Pirates lost despite outhitting the Hornets 7-5.
The Hornets scored first and never trailed. Breaking open a scoreless game, Magoffin County exploded for seven runs in the top half of the second inning. Then, after adding one run in back-to-back plate appearances, Magoffin County led 9-0 before Powell County answered.
Powell County scored six runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning but couldn't overcome Magoffin County's outstanding start.
Jacob Watson started on the mound for the Hornets. Watson surrendered zero runs on one hit over two innings, striking out one. In addition to Watson, Jaden Sowards and Kyle Howard pitched for the Hornets.
Daniel Poe started on the mound for the Pirates. Poe allowed one hit and six runs over one and two-thirds innings, striking out one. Jared Profitt and Nathan Skidmore worked out of relief roles for the Pirates, throwing three and a third innings and two innings, respectively.
Mason Lovely went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in two runs to lead the Magoffin County offensive attack.
The versatile Sowards and Logan Lovely also drove in two runs apiece for the Hornets in the victory.
Sowards, Max McFarland and Kirklen Wireman added one hit apiece.
Magoffin County overcame two errors to claim the win.
Drew Ginter led Powell County offensively, finishing with two hits in three at-bats.
Powell County committed three errors in the setback.
Magoffin County is slated to host Powell County for a late-season game on May 10.