Black Bears run win streak to 6 with victory at Leslie


Chris Jones

Harlan County first baseman Will Cassim watched the flight of a ball he hit in action last spring.


Harlan County collected 19 hits and senior right-hander Karsten Dixon earned his second win in three nights as the Black Bears extended their win streak to six with an 11-3 victory Friday at Leslie County.
Dixon (4-1) scattered nine hits while giving up no earned runs in the complete-game effort that included two strikeouts and one walk.
Isaac Kelly led the 11-6 Bears with four hits. Carter Howard had three hits. Will Cassim and Jonah Swanner each had a double and single. Brayden Blakley and Tristan Cooper each singled twice. Aiden Craig, Samuel Henson, Braydon Burton and Alex Creech added one single each.
Kelly singled to open the game and scored on Swanner’s double. Swanner came home on an error for a 2-0 lead.
Howard and Kelly singled in the second for a 3-1 lead.
Kelly, Cassim, Creech, Howard and Henson all had hits in the fifth inning as the Bears’ lead grew to 8-3.
Cooper and Craig had hits in the sixth inning with Cooper eventually scoring on a double steal when Craig was thrown out at second.
Howard and Burton each had singles in the seventh inning. Kelly doubled in one run and Cooper singled home the final run.
Harlan County (11-6) returns to action Friday at Cherokee, Tenn.
Harlan County 211 041 2 — 11. 19. 5
Leslie County 100 200 0 — 3. 10. 5
Dixon and Kelly; Simpson and Hoskins; WP — Dixon (4-1). LP — Simpson.