Blakley, Cassim lead Bears to win over Knox

Bears fall at Whitley County


Chris Jones

Harlan County freshman first baseman Will Cassim, pictured in action earlier this season, drove in both runs as HCHS edged Knox Central 2-1 on Tuesday.

Brayden Blakley pitched a one-hitter and Will Cassim had two RBI singles as Harlan County earned one of its most impressive wins of the season with a 2-1 victory Tuesday over visiting Knox Central.
Blakley, a sophomore, struck out seven and walked four and allowed only one unearned run in improving his record to 5-4 as he works back from offseason shoulder surgery.
Cassim, a freshman first baseman, had run-scoring hits in the second and fourth innings to power the HCHS offense. Blakley added a double and single. Nate Shepherd and Issac Kelly had one single each.
Brady Worley pitched a complete game for Knox Central, giving up two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Ethan Mills had the only hit for the 13-10 Panthers.
Harlan County (11-19) closes its regular season schedule Friday at home against Clay County.
Knox Central 001 000 0 — 1. 1 0
Harlan County 010 100 0 — 2. 6. 2
Worley and Collins; Blakley and Kelly. WP — Blakley (5-4). LP — Worley.
Harlan County suffered its second shutout loss to Whitley County, falling 10-0 on Friday.
Grant Zehr pitched a three-hitter for the Colonels with four strikeouts and one walk.
Josh Swanner, Zac Collett and Blakley each had singles for the Bears.
Bryce Anderson led Whitley on offense with a triple and two singles and three runs scored.
Karsten Dixon suffered the loss as he gave up six runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings. Alex Creech gave up four runs in 2/3 of an inning. Samuel Henson retired both batters he faced.
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Whitley County 300 34 — 10. 7 1
Dixon, Creech (4), Henson (5) and Kelly; Zehr and Bennett. WP — Zehr. LP — Dixon (2-3).