Whitesburg KY

Letcher Central wins opener

The Letcher County Central Cougars defeated Breathitt County 12-2 in six innings on Monday to advance to the second round of the 14th Region Baseball Tournament. District runner-up Jenkins also advanced Monday by defeating Jackson City, 6-5.

The Cavaliers were scheduled to face Leslie County at 5 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday), while the Cougars were set to meet Perry County Central at 8 p.m.

Letcher Central captured the district crown with a 13-0 win over Jenkins. The Cougars have not lost a district baseball game – regular season or tournament – in the school’s twoyear history.

The Cougars easily won the first round of the district by defeating the Cordia Lions, 8-0. The Cavaliers advanced to the championship game with a 9-8 win over Knott County Central and a 5-2 win over June Buchanan.

The first inning was a long one for the Cavaliers, as they watched the Cougars score five runs on a triple by Jonathan Tucker, a double by Jeremy Johnson, and walks to Jonathan Adams, Chase Adams and Brady Collins. Mackenzie Smith was hit by a pitch.

The Cougars added four more runs in the bottom of the second after singles from Colton Cook and Jeremy Johnson, a hit batsman, a passed ball, and a wild pitch.

An inning later, the Cougars scored four more runs to win the championship in five innings.

Jonathan Tucker was the winning pitcher, going three of the five scoreless innings. Tucker was one for two at the plate with a RBI triple and an intentional walk, and was named tournament MVP for his efforts.

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