Paintsville earned a pair of wins in the Pikeville Panther Classic on Saturday to run its record to 15-3, good for the highest winning percentage in the 15th Region.
The Tigers toppled Belfry, 10-4, and handled host Pikeville, 4-3, to rack up nine straight victories.
Against the Pirates, Paintsville put up eight runs in the second inning to back freshman pitcher Kent Phelps, who recorded 10 strikeouts in five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks.
Taylor Miller was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Lane Daniels was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI, Gabe Burchell was 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs, and Tommy McCormick went 2-for-3, doubled and drove in two.
Against the Panthers, Andrew Rice earned the win, allowing one run on one hit in four innings of relief, with three punchouts. Kash Daniel homered and drove in two runs, and Lane Daniels had a triple and an RBI.
PAINTSVILLE 080 001 1 — 10 11 3
BELFRY 100 021 0 — 4 5 2
W — Phelps. L — Duty. 2B — Daniel (P), Tay. Miller (P), La. Daniels 2 (P), McCormick (P). 3B — Burchell (P).
PIKEVILLE 101 010 0 — 3 4 2
PAINTSVILLE 000 220 0 — 4 5 2
W — Rice. L — P. Hamilton. 3B — Salyer (PIK), La. Daniels (PAI). HR — Daniel (PAI).