Paintsville used big sixth inning to top Valley

PAINTSVILLE – Paintsville scored four times in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie with Shelby Valley and the Tigers advanced to the 15th Region baseball tournament semifinals with a 6-2 win in a game played Wednesday at Johnson Central.

Winning pitcher Karsten Poe worked six-plus innings, allowing only one hit while striking out seven and walked three. He replaced starter Gunner Preston with two outs in the top of the first inning.

Four of Paintsville’s seven hits were for extra bases, including a triple and double off the bat of Seth Williams. He scored and knocked home one run. Ryan Gibson doubled, singled and scored.  Matt Combs tripled and drove in two runs in the Tigers’ four-run sixth.

Samuel Brown had Valley’s lone hit.  He walked twice and scored. Hunter Mullins reached on a walk and Lincoln Billiter suffered the loss as Valley’s season ended at 14-15.

Paintsville, now 23-12, will face Lawrence County in tonight’s semifinal round.

At Paintsville

(15th Region Tournament)

SCORE BY INNINGS:           R-H-E

SV (14-15)…………..200  000  0 – 2-1-1

PV (23-12)………..…011  004  x – 6-7-1

Pitching:

WP – Karsten Poe

LP – Lincoln Billiter

Hitting: Samuel Brown 1b, 2-bb, 1r; Jeremiah Prater bb, 1 RBI; Hunter Mullins bb, 1r, Shelby Valley; Seth Williams 3b, 2b, 1r, 1 RBI; Ryan Gibson 2b, 1b, 1r; Matt Combs 3b, 2 RBI, Paintsville