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Game (Van)over: Lions hurler, Biggs combine for no-hitter vs. Dawgs

Mar. 15—CANNONSBURG — Boyd County baseball fans waited 298 days for opening day Thursday but they had to wait an extra 45 minutes due to a pop-up storm.

It was worth the wait.

The Lions won their opener against Lawrence County, 11-1, in five innings after a big first-inning offensive effort.

"We came out quick there in the first inning," Boyd County coach Frank Conley said. "That took a lot of the pressure off. It definitely helped (Jacob) Vanover. Anybody is better when you have seven runs."

It was the second loss in three early games for Lawrence County.

"Boyd knows they're good, and the problem was, our boys knew Boyd was good too," Lawrence County coach Travis Feltner said. "We always try to respect our opponents, but you can't come out and think you're beat. You have to match that level of confidence."

The Lions looked like they would get down early by gifting the Bulldogs a first-inning run after an errant throw to pick off Eli Fletcher stealing third.

Thankfully for Boyd County, Fletcher's attempt to round third and steal home was cut off at the plate to close the first frame.

Lawrence County wasn't as lucky in the bottom of the first.

The Lions got seven runners across the plate in their first at-bat.

Peyton Jackson plated the first run with a shot into shallow left field.

Boyd County kept rolling from there.

The highlight of the frame was a three-run RBI double from Ryan Brown that capped off the seven-run outing.

Vanover made short work of Lawrence County with 1-2-3 innings in the second, third and fourth frames.

Vanover struck out all three batters in the third and totaled four for the game before exiting at the start of the fifth inning.

"It was good to get him out there working early," Conley said of Vanover. "You always know what you're going to get with Jacob. It wasn't surprising he delivered for us."

Boyd County (1-0) added another run in the third inning via a standup double from Jackson that hit the wall and sent Brown home.

Alex Martin got Vanover to plate with a well-timed hit past the first baseman in the fourth inning.

Martin would get home himself on the next at-bat, stealing second base before a shot from Michael Porter brought him around.

The Lions brought Brody Biggs to the mound to close the game out in the fifth inning.

The Bulldogs took advantage of the change and got their first run off a sacrifice fly from Blake Prater.

"I love our team," Feltner said. "We've had a couple of mercy losses in the 16th region, but I think in the next four to six weeks we'll see things pick up. We've made improvements and they'll eventually start to show."

It kept the game from ending in a mercy rule at that juncture, but it didn't last long.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Townes Young, who reached on a standup double, took home on a wild pitch to end the game.

The Bulldogs did not record a hit in the game.

LAWRENCE CO. 000 01 — 1 0 5

BOYD CO. 701 21 — 11 9 1

Maynard, Derifield (4) and Prater; Vanover, Biggs (5) and Jones. W — Vanover. L — Maynard. 2B — Brown (BC), Jackson (BC), Young (BC).