Lady Jackets down Harlan for third straight district title


Jon Dickenson

Middlesboro outfielder Keevi Betts made contact in a game earlier this season against Harlan. Betts helped the Lady Jackets capture their third straight 52nd DIstricti title with an 11-5 win Wednesday over Harlan.

Three years.
Three different opponents.
Three 52nd District titles for the Middlesboro Lady Jackets.
Middlesboro (16-13) stretched its district win streak to three with an 11-5 win Wednesday over Harlan in the 52nd District finals at Bell County.
Kenna Lawson drove in four runs for the Lady Jackets on a double and single. Kaylee Lawson also added a double and single. Raehgan Moyers, Kolbi Mason, Keevi Betts and Madison Bruce chipped in with one single each.
Kenna Lawson pitched 4 1/3 innings to earn the win as she gave up four runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and four walks. Kaylee Lawson allowed one run on three hits iwith three strikeouts and three walks in 2 2/3 innings.
Abbi Fields led the Harlan offense, driving in four runs with a homer and single. Ella Lisenbee had two doubles with one RBI and one run scored. Ava Nunez, Ally Kirby, Kendyll Blanton and Amy Roman added one single each for the 6-20 Lady Dragons.
Lisenbee gave up seven runs on three hits with six strikeouts and five walks in six innings. McNiel allowed four runs on three hits with two walks as she started the game.
Both teams advance to the 13th Region Tournament.
Harlan 100 031 0 — 5. 9. 3
Middlesboro 401 240 x — 11. 6. 0
McNiel, Lisenbee (1) and Jackson; Kenna Lawson, Kaylee Lawson (5) and Middleton. WP — Kenna Lawson. LP — McNiel (5-14). HR — Fields (4).




The Harlan Lady Dragons are pictured with their 52nd DIstrict runner-up trophy following an 11-5 loss to Middlesboro in the finals on Wednesday.