After allowing five runs in the top of the seventh, Greenup County broke out the bats for a thrilling comeback in the bottom half.
Will McCall provided the capper, a bases-clearing walk-off double, to lift the Musketeers to a 10-9 defeat over East Carter on Saturday at Greenup County High School.
Seth Boyle led off the final frame with a double. J.B. Brown then singled before two outs were recorded.
With two outs, Kyle Grubb reached on an error, Jonah Stanley singled to right field and Chase Clary walked to load the bases in a 9-7 game.
McCall completed a 3-for-5 day with a three-run double to give Greenup County its third 16th Region win in three tries early in the season.
Jesse James led East Carter (2-2) with three hits.
Greenup County (3-1) did suffer its first loss of the season earlier in the day when it fell to Cabell Midland, 7-5.
Boyle led the Musketeers with three RBIs in that game. McCall added two hits as did Grubb and Austin Forbes.
EAST 011 010 6 — 9 11 6
GREENUP 021 020 5 — 10 12 2
Walburn, Floyd (6) and Cathey; Hall, Forbes (5), Hutchinson (5) and Evans (7) and Stiltner. W—Evans. L—Floyd. 2B—Floyd (E), McDavid (E), Stiltner (G), McCall (G), Boyle (G), Morris (G).
MIDLAND 012 020 2 — 7 6 2
GREENUP 100 001 3 — 5 7 7
Hayes, Arrowood (6), Canterbury (7), Yingling (7) and Jobe; Downing, Glancy (6) and Hutchinson. W—Hayes. L—Downing. 2B—Grubb (G).
Sheldon Clark 5
INEZ J.D. Pridemore went 3-for-4 with an RBI, but the second of his two runs scored proved to be the most pivotal play on Saturday at Sheldon Clark.
With runners on first and second in a 5-5 game, Sheldon Clark’s shorstop elected to flip to second base to try for a force out on a slow grounder. Pridemore sped from his lead off second base all the way home on a heads-up play.
Sophomore pitcher Justin Fraley came in and earned the save. Joel Mullen got the win after going six innings while striking out eight.
RUSSELL 101 002 2 — 6 9 2
S. CLARK 003 020 0 — 5 4 2
Mullen, Fraley (7) and Cathey, Hamilton (3); Lafferty and Risner. W—Mullen. L—Lafferty. Sv—Fraley. 2B—Pridemore (R), May (R), Butcher (SC).
Lincoln Co. 2
ASHLAND Ashland scored on a bases-loaded, two-out single by Haley Kilburn as the Kittens outlasted Lincoln County on Friday.
Lincoln County was at or near top of the ranks in most preseason polls in West Virginia.
McKenzie Vanover and Megan Hensley each supplied RBIs. Sydney Whitt was 2-for-4 for the Kittens (1-2).
Hensley pitched a complete game and tallied six strikeouts. Lincoln County pitcher Brook West had 10 strikeouts.
LINCOLN 000 110 0 — 2 5 1
ASHLAND 100 010 1 — 3 6 0
West and Isaacs; Hensley and Kilburn. W—Hensley. L—West. 2B—Whitt (A), Parsons (L), Tulley (L). 3B—Whitt (A).
Boyd Co. 8
Spring Valley 7
HUNTINGTON, W.VA. Boyd County used some sixth-inning, two-out heroics by Allison Roark and company to emerge victorious in its season opener.
The Lady Lions scored twice in the top of the sixth on a Roark single to beat Spring Valley by one run. Emily Stewart, who had doubled, and Nicole Goins, who had reached on an error and stolen a base, scored on the hit.
Stewart went 3-for-5 for Boyd County. She scored three times and drove in a run. Cameron Mullins tallied two hits for the Lady Lions.
Alex Milum led Spring Valley with two home runs.
BOYD CO. 003 032 0 — 8 9 1
S. VALLEY 211 030 0 — 7 8 4
Meade, M. Murphy (6) and Roark; Phillips and Robertson. W—M. Murphy. L—Phillips. 2B—Stewart (B), Goins (B), Adkins (S). 3B—Stewart (B), Reeves (B). HR—Milum (S) 2.
Morgan Co. 0
WESTWOOD Fairview cruised to a five-inning mercy-rule victory over Morgan County in its home opener on Saturday, and sophomore Tayler Thompson led the way.
Thompson was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. She also pitched a complete game and had seven strikeouts.
Katie Ritchie was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Maddie Kirk was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Sarah Dunn was 2-for-2 with four RBIs for the Lady Eagles (1-1).
MORGAN CO. 000 00 — 0 4 0
FAIRVIEW 344 0x — 11 13 0
Smith and Hanson; T. Thompson and Kirk. W—T. Thompson. L—Smith. 2B—Sarah Dunn 2 (F), Katie Ritchie (F), Maddie Kirk (F).