Bears pound out 21 hits in victory at Barbourville

Lundy tosses 4-hitter as Tigers down Harlan


Junior catcher Isaac Kelly hit a home run and drove in five runs as Harlan County won 19-9 at Barbourville.

Harlan County put together perhaps its best offensive performance of the season Friday at Barbourville, pounding out 21 hits in a 19-9 victory.
Isaac Kelly led the Harlan County offense with five RBI from the leadoff spot on a home run and two singles. Braydon Burton also hit a home run, beating out an inside-the-park shot. Aiden Craig and Carter Howard had three hits each.
“The boys competed today at the plate. Anytime you can get 21 hits is a great night. We saw a bunch of different pitchers but the boys settled in and got the job done,” Harlan County coach Scotty Bailey said. “I was really proud of them at the plate tonight. As a group, they were up for each other and wanting others to produce and they did it. It’s a great time to see that, and I couldn’t be more proud of these boys. Alex also pitched a good game for us.”
Alex Creech contributed a triple and single. Tristan Cooper, Brayden Blakley and Samuel Henson had two hits each. Will Cassim, Karsten Dixon and Gunnar Johnson added one hit each,.
Creech limited the Tigers to four unearned runs through six innings before Barbourville scored five runs in its last at bat. Creech struck out eight and walked two while giving up three earned runs in a complete-game effort to improve to 4-3 on the season.
Matt Warren and Colby Peters each had two hits for the 11-11 Tigers. Jacob Lundy and Kieran Pearson had one hit each.
Harlan County (14-11) will play at Whitley County on Monday and close its regular-season schedule Thursday at home against Williamsburg.

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Barbourville 000 400 5 — 9. 7. 1
Creech and Kelly; Clark, Pearson (2), Peters (4), Collins (4), Chafin (6) and West. WP — Creech. LP — Clark. HR — Kelly (2), Burton (1).


Barbourville ace Jacob Lundy pitched a four-hitter as the Tigers downed visiting Harlan 8-4 on Thursday. Lundy struck out seven and walked four while allowing only one earned run in a complete-game effort.
Ty Clark drove in three runs for the Tigers with a triple. Lundy drove in two runs with a double. Kieran Pearson had two singles. Jaxon Collins, Colby Peters, Brendan Chafin and Connor West added one single each.
Jared Moore led the 11-11 Dragons with a double. Baylor Varner, Chris Rouse and Aiden Johnson added one single each.
Varner suffered the loss as he allowed eight runs (six earned) on six hits with eight strikeouts and five walks in 5 1/3 innings. Moore recorded the final two outs with two strikeouts.
Harlan will play host to Leslie County on Saturday at noon.
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Barbourville 040 000 4 — 8. 8. 3
Varner, Moore (6) and Owens; Lundy and West. WP — Lundy. LP — Varner (3-3).

Harlan County fell 7-5 on Tuesday at Knox Central as Tristan Cooper suffered only his second loss of the season due in large part to three costly errors.
Cooper gave up seven runs (two earned) on four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out 10 and walked five. Brayden Blakley recorded the final four outs with one strikeout.
Isaac Kelly and Alex Creech led the HCHS offense with one double each. Braydon Burton singled twice. Jonah Swanner, Carter Howard, Aiden Craig and Samuel Henson had one single each.
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Knox Central 030 040 x — 7. 4. 2
Cooper, Blakley (5) and Kelly; Bright and Collins. WP — Bright. LP — Cooper (6-2).


Knox Central exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning in posting an 11-1 five-inning win Friday over the visiting Harlan Green Dragons.
Freshman right-hander Zach Carroll pitched a three-hitter with four strikeouts and two walks for the 12-10 Panthers. Hayden Melton drove in three runs, while Steve Partin and Jaden Broughton drove in two each.
Harlan was held hitless until the fifth inning when Brody Owens led off with a double, took third on Chris Rouse’s single and scored on Aiden Johnson’s single.
Luke Luttrell suffered the loss as he gave up nine runs (six earned) on five hits in four-plus innings on the mound. He struck out three and walked six. Rouse gave up two runs (one earned) on one hits with one walk in one-third of an inning.
The 11-12 Dragons return to action Tuesday at Lynn Camp.
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Knox Central 300 08 — 11 6 0
Luttrell, Rouse (5) and Owens; Carrol and Collins. WP — Carroll. LP — Luttrell (3-2).