Black Bears fall at Hazard


Ernie Sexton

Harlan County first baseman Will Cassim, pictured in action Saturday at Letcher Central, had a two-run single on Tuesday in the Bears’ 8-4 loss at Hazard.

Four games in four days against four of the 14th Region’s top teams has done nothing for the Harlan County Black Bears’ record, but HCHS continued to be competitive in an 8-4 loss Tuesday at Hazard against the 14th Region’s defending champ.
Gaige Logan and Tucker Napier each had two hits to lead Hazard’s nine-hit attack.
Shawn Carroll, Will Cassim and Nate Shepherd each had a hit for the 1-12 Bears.
Shepherd walked to force in a run in the fourth inning and Tristan Cooper followed with a sacrifice fly. Cassim had a two-run hit in the fifth inning after Alex Creech and Brayden Blakley drew walks.
Karsten Dixon pitched a complete game for the Bears, giving up eight runs (five earned) on nine hits with five strikeouts and five walks.
Harlan County returns to action Thursday at Knott Central before returning home Friday to face Leslie County.
Leslie County led visiting Harlan 5-1 on Tuesday in Hyden when rain stopped play midway through the fourth inning.
Donovan Montanaro led the Dragons with a double. Jaedyn Gist and Dawson Irvin each had singles.
The Dragons return to action Thursday at Cumberland Gap, Tenn.
Harlan County 000 220 0 — 4. 3. 2
Hazard 031 400 x — 8. 9. 1
Dixon and Kelly; Miller, Mullins (4), Davidson (6) and Davidson. WP — Mullins. LP — Dixon (0-5).