Whitley defeats Black Bears for third straight victory


John Crisologo

Caden Petrey’s teammates celebrated with him after he hit a walk-off two-run homer on Friday in Whitley County’s 11-1 win over visiting Harlan County.

By Les Dixon, Corbin Times Tribune

WILLIAMSBURG — Caden Petrey’s walk-off two-run homer sealed Whitley County’s 11-1 victory over Harlan County on Friday.
The 4-2 Colonels won their third game in a row and continued to pitch well as sophomores Tyler Rose and Jerrod Croley combined to pitch a four-hitter.
Rose tossed four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out five batters while Croley pitched one inning of hitless ball while striking out two batters.
Whitley County scored two runs in both the first and second innings before adding four more runs in the fourth inning while extending its lead to 8-0.

The Black Bears answered with a run in the fifth inning before the Colonels put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Sam Harp led the way at the plate once again for Whitley County, turning in a 3-for-3 effort while driving in a run and scoring twice. Petrey’s two-run homer highlighted the win. He finished going 2-for-2 with three RBI and three runs scored.
Mason Croley, Matthew Wright, Bryce Anderson, and Brayden Mahan each had a hit and an RBI apiece. Mahan also scored three times.
Jonah Swanner led Harlan County with a triple and a run scored in the fifth inning. Nate Shepherd, Tristan Cooper and Braydon Burton added one single each.
Shawn Carroll suffered the loss on the mound as he gave up six runs (three earned) on four hits in 3 1/3 innings, with two strikeouts and five walks. Karsten Dixon allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits with one strikeout and one walk in one inning.
The 1-6 Bears will play host to South Laurel on Monday.
Harlan County 000 01 — 1. 4. 2
Whitley County 220 43 — 11. 9 1
Carroll, Dixon (4) and Kelly, Craig (4); Rose, Croley (3) and Bennett. WP — Croley. LP — Carroll (0-1).