|Indians win 10th straight
By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor
The Montgomery County High School baseball team stretched its winning streak to 10 games last week with four victories and moved within two of the all-time consecutive wins record at MCHS.
The 1987 team, coached by Juan Walters, reeled off 12 consecutive wins to begin the season and to date that’s the longest baseball winning streak in school history.
The Tribe was scheduled to play Paris on Monday afternoon but that game was postponed because of rain and was rescheduled for Wednesday and there was a game added for Tuesday with the Indians traveling to Lewis County.
Saturday the Indians will play host to McCreary Central, Prestonsburg and Powell County at Bobby Joe Whitaker Field. The Indians will face Prestonsburg at 11 a.m. with Powell County and Prestonsburg playing in the second game. McCreary Central will take on Powell County in the third game with Montgomery County and McCreary Central playing in the final game of the day.
“We’ll play with speed-up conditions with teams already being warmed up and ready to play when each game is over,” said Coach Chris Varney. That should put the final game getting under way in the 6 p.m. range.
The Tribe picked up wins over Rowan County and Frederick Douglass early last week (see separate stories on Page B2) and then traveled to eastern Kentucky late last week and scored wins over Belfry Friday and Perry County Central on Saturday.
MCHS 5, Belfry 3
The Indians needed late-inning heroics to beat the Belfry Pirates last Friday at Belfry.
Montgomery County scored first when Ty Eads reached with one out in the third on a two-base error and then scored when Luke Fuller reached on an error. The Indians held a 1-0 lead at that time without having a hit in the game.
Belfry rallied in the bottom of the third against sophomore Spencer Donithan.
Chandler Fluty walked to lead off the inning for the Pirates and then took second on a sacrifice, went to third on a bouncer back to the mound and then scored on Logan Windle’s base hit, the first of the game for the Pirates.
Belfry took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a pair of errors after there were two outs with nobody on.
Then the Tribe took its first lead of the game in the sixth when Tyler Jacobs led off with a walk and scored on Devin Johnson’s triple. Then Johnson scored on a single by Seth Adams to give the Indians their first lead of the game.
Peyton Carroll came on in relief of Donithan in the sixth and gave up a two-out run-scoring double to Chandler Fluty to tie the game.
Carroll worked through a scoreless seventh inning and then in the top of the eighth the Tribe pushed across a pair of runs
Fuller started the winning rally with a single and then Jacobs reached on a throwing error and Johnson was issued an intentional walk to lead the bases with nobody out.
Seth Adams lined out to third and then Davis Johnson hit into a fielder’s choice with Fuller being forced out at the plate.
Then with two outs and the bases loaded, Brandon Dyer singled to drive in both Jacobs and Johnson.
Seth Adams took the mound in the bottom of the eighth and got back-to-back strikeouts and then a ground out to end the game.
The Indians out-hit the Pirates 6-3 and Carroll got the win in relief with Adams picking up a save, his first of the season.
MCHS 12, Perry County Central 5
Montgomery County collected 16 hits and jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning as they rolled over Perry Central on Saturday at Hazard.
Senior catcher Braxton Hunley had a perfect day at the plate with a double, three singles and a base on balls in the four times he went to the plate.
The Tribe was scheduled to play Paris Monday afternoon but that game was postponed because of rain and was rescheduled for Wednesday and there was a game added for Tuesday with the Indians traveling to Lewis County.
Tyler Jacobs had three singles and scored twice while Devin Johnson had a single and a double, was a hit by a pitch and reached on an error.
Ty Eads had a single and a double in the first two innings before getting a rest after that. Brandon Dyer had a double and Jay Eads a single to complete the hit parade.
Seth Adams started for the Tribe and pitched well but a couple of errors enabled the Commodores to score four of their five runs.
Tyler Jacobs came on to work the final inning and two-thirds and didn’t allow a hit.