Whitesburg KY

No-hitter helps propel F-N Pirates to 5-3 start

Eighth-grader Manny Gibson fires a pitch during his no-hitter against Wolfe County.

Eighth-grader Manny Gibson fires a pitch during his no-hitter against Wolfe County.

The Fleming-Neon Middle School baseball team entered play this week with a won-loss record of 5 and 3.

The Pirates opened the season with an 18-0 win over Wolfe County, with Manny Gibson pitching a no hitter for the win.

In the second game of the season, Fleming-Neon traveled to Leslie County and came away with a 17 to 3 win. Zack Cornett got the win.

Fleming-Neon then beat Knott County 7 to 5 at home to run the record to 3 and 0.

The Pirates suffered their first loss at new Harlan 9 to 0.

Fleming-Neon traveled to Shelby Valley and picked up their fourth win, 9 to 3. Manny Gibson got that win too.

The Pirates then suffered backto back tough losses against Letcher, 5 to 4, and Hazard, 11 to 8, to fall to 4 and 3. In the Hazard game the Pirates led 8 to 4 with two outs in the last inning but Hazard rallied to win.

Fleming-Neon got its fifth win against Shelby Valley at home, 7 to 1, with Zack Cornett notching the victory.

The Pirates are led by seven 8th graders. The roster is as follows:

Eighth graders: 11 Manny Gibson, 18 Ryan LeBrun, 46 Kannan Johnson, 44 Layton Shepherd, 2 Hunter Brashear, 15 Nick Mason;

Seventh graders: 3 Trevor Branham, 12 Zack Cornett, 8 Luke Holcomb, 1 Jep Griffith, 4 AustinTriplett,00CJ Akers,22 D J McCall;

Sixth graders: 7 Carson Adams, 17 Chase Wiseman, and 21 Hayden Brashear.

Also playing are fifth grader Christian Griffith and fourthgrader Koby Johnson.

The team’s head coach, in his second year, is Cobey Wright. He is assisted by Steven Caudill.

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