By Kyle Lovern
INEZ, Ky. – The Belfry Pirates semi-final regional tournament baseball game was once again postponed due to rain and storms.
The event is being hosted by Sheldon Clark High School at Cardinal Field.
The Pirates defeated Prestonsburg in the first round on Monday afternoon to advance. They are scheduled to take on region rival Lawrence County when the tourney is able to resume.
More storms and heavy rain were in the forecast for Thursday. The 15th Region tourney keeps getting pushed up.
In the other semi-final game, East Ridge was trailing Johnson Central when the game was suspended because of the stormy weather. That game will be concluded from the point it was halted starting at 5 p.m. Then the Pirates will play their contest with the Bulldogs.
With two more wins, Belfry could make it to the KHSAA State Tournament in Lexington. It would be the first time in modern history for the Pirates to make it to the state baseball tournament.
BHS Coach Michael Hagy plans to start senior Zac Fields against Lawrence County. If the Pirates are fortunate enough to win and reach the finals of the regional, Hagy will go with junior Keaton Taylor on the mound. Taylor got the win in the opener against Prestonsburg.
Despite the postponements, Hagy said he thinks his team will be ready.
“I think our kids have stayed extremely focused during these past couple of days. You have to keep to a routine as best as possible and our guys have been ready each day,” Hagy said. “Everyone’s getting a little anxious and restless, including myself. This is the mental part of baseball that makes it such a great game.”
“Teams that advance in post season are usually the teams that are the toughest mentally,” Hagy added.
Look for some of Belfry’s usual starters to be in the lineup including seniors Joey Duty, Trenity Carr, Reed Williamson and Caleb Stanley. Sophomores Aaron Taylor, Nate Sanger, Keilan Carr and Garrett Fannin, along with juniors Jacob Francisco and Dustin Jewell, could also see action on the diamond for the Pirates.
Belfry is currently 25-13 for the season and 17-7 in the 15th Region.
The state tourney is slated to begin Monday at Whittaker Park in Lexington. Of course continued weather postponement in regional games could cause a change in the start of the state tourney.
The weather is supposed to be dry today and Saturday. So coaches and tournament directors hope the regionals can be finished this weekend.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)