Croley pitches one-hitter in shutout of Bears


Chris Jones

Harlan County first baseman Karsten Dixon went up for a high throw in Friday’s game against visiting Whitley County. The Colonels coasted to an 11-0 win.

Harlan County second baseman Josh Swanner fielded a throw in Friday’s game against Whitley County. (Chris Jones)

With 24 wins heading into the final week of the season, the Whitley County Colonels are in a familiar position as one of the 13th Region favorites heading into the postseason.
The 24-8 Colonels rolled to an 11-0 win Friday at Harlan County as Mason Croley pitched a one-hitter. Croley struck out 12 and walked none as he faced only 17 batters in the five-inning game.
Sam Harp led the Whitley offense with four RBI on a double and two singles. Caden Petrey and Croley added two hits each.
Nate Shepherd had the only hit for the 10-18 Bears. Shepherd gave up eight runs (three earned) on four hits in two innings on the mound. Colby Johnson gave up three runs on seven hits in three innings.
The two teams play again on Monday at Whitley County.
Whitley County 108 20 — 11. 11. 1
Harlan County 000 00 — 0. 1. 4
Croley and Bennett; Shepherd, Johnson (3) and Kelly. WP — Croley. LP — Shepherd (1-6).