“We have never beat Middlesboro two times. We are both young and that is something you can build on,” said Harlan County coach Howard White.
Harlan County broke the game open early with six runs in the first inning. Katie Johnson, Johnnie Parker, Bryttany Hensley, Sarah Evans, Haleigh Feltner and Kaitlyn Stittums each scored for the Lady Bears.
“That was probably the first time all year we came out and hit like that in the first inning,” White said. “In the past we dug a hole and can’t get out of it, but today we jumped out on the and their spirits got up.”
Harlan County stretched its lead to 8-0 with a pair of runs in the third inning. Feltner and Stittums each scored in the inning.
Parker and Evans scored in the fourth inning as the Lady Bears pulled away for the win.
“Ever since the first weekend we haven’t hit. It just keeps escalating. I don’t know what we are doing,” said Middlesboro coach Luster Powers. “We can’t ever get going. We get so far in a hole that we can’t get going.”
Johnson recorded three strikeouts and limited the Lady Jackets to just two hits to claim a complete-game victory on the mound.
Lindsey Durham had two strikeouts, while scattering 12 hits to suffer the loss.
Feltner had a double and two singles to power the Lady Bears’ offense.
“Feltner did great today. She pounded the ball,” said White.
Stittums and Rachel McLain each added a double and a single for Harlan County. Evans contributed a single, and Johnson, Parker and Hensley each recorded a single.
Durham and Erica Johnson each had a single for the Lady Jackets.
“We didn’t hit the ball. They played good and we didn’t,” Powers said.
Harlan County (9-6 overall, 3-1 district) will travel to Perry Central on Wednesday. Middlesboro (6-12 overall, 1-4 district) will host Harlan today.
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Harlan Co. 602 2x — 10 12 0
Durham and Hensley. Johnson and McLain. W—Johnson (7-4). L—Durham.