A pair of eighth-inning Harlan errors allowed the Lady Jackets to score the go-ahead runs in the top of the eighth, and Middlesboro held on to defeat the host Lady Dragons 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the 13th Region All “A” Classic.
Junior Courtney Bell, filling in for the injured Emily Caudill, limited the Lady Jackets to just four hits while striking out five and walking five. But Harlan (7-3) committed six errors in the game.
Brooklyn Jimison was her typically dominant self for the Lady Jackets, striking out 11 in a four-hitter.
The junior also led the Lady Jackets at the plate with a pair of singles. Kristen Davis and Randi Jo Powers each singled once.
The Lady Dragons were led by Kerri McCarthy with two singles. Megan Ball tripled, and Alex Yount added a double.
Middlesboro (9-5) will travel to Cumberland for regional All “A” Classic semifinal action Thursday, while Harlan will visit Cawood for a district contest.
Thursday’s other All “A” semifinal will pit Lynn Camp against visiting Williamsburg. The Lady Cats defeated Red Bird 7-0 on Tuesday, while Williamsburg downed Barbourville 10-7.
The championship game will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at Cumberland or Middlesboro.
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Jimison and Davis; Bell and Allison. W—Jimison. L—Bell.