Bears, Dragons suffer road losses


Terri Roark

Harlan County’s Tristan Cooper delivered a pitch in action earlier this season. Cooper and the Bears fell 11-9 at Knott Central on Thursday.


Harlan County and Harlan each fell in road games Thursday.
The Black Bears fell to 1-13 with an 11-9 loss at Knott Central. Harlan County led 8-3 midway through the fourth inning before Knott rallied with four runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. The Patriots scored the final two runs on a two-out error in the outfield.
Sophomore catcher Isaac Kelly led the HCHS offense, driving in three runs with a triple, double and single in four at bats. Shawn Carroll and Alex Creech each added a double and single. Brayden Blakley had two singles. Will Cassim, Colby Johnson, Tristan Cooper and Samuel Henson contributed one single each.
Cooper pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up nine runs (four earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts and eight walks. Johnson recorded the final four outs, giving up two unearned runs on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
Harlan County will travel to Middlesboro on Monday and play host to the Jackets on Tuesday.
Harlan County 211 410 0 — 9. 13 4
Knott Central 102 440 x — 11 9. 2
Cooper, Johnson (5) and Kelly; Williams, Napier (4) and Delph. WP — Napier. LP — Johnson (0-3).


Cumberland Gap, Tenn., took control with a five-run third inning on the way to an 11-1 win Thursday over visiting Harlan.
Evan Browning and Noah Lewis had two singles each for the Dragons. Donovan Montanaro added a double.
Lewis suffered the loss on the mound as he gave up eight runs (four earned) on five hits in four innings, with three strikeouts and four walks. Montanaro allowed three runs on four hits in two innings, with three strikeouts and two walks.
The 6-7 Dragons return to action Friday at Buckhorn.
Harlan 000 101 0 — 2. 5. 4
Cumberland Gap 025 103 x — 11. 9. 4
Lewis, Montanaro (5) and Browning, Lewis (5); Cochran and Robertson. WP — Cochran. LP — Lewis (1-1).