Strong pitching carries Skins to three wins
Cumberland’s pitching staff tossed a pair of shutouts Saturday in Hazard in middle school baseball action, defeating Hazard 4-0 and Breathitt County 11-0.
Xavier Simmons pitched a three-hitter in the win over Hazard, striking out nine.
Tyler Casolari and Tyrese Simmons each had two hits for the Redskins. WIll Scott, Ethan Maggard and Devon Rodrigues each added one.
Baker and Fugate shared mound duty for the Bulldogs.
Justin McQueen hurled a two-hitter in the Breathitt win, striking out two in five innings.
Andrew Creech ignited the Cumberland offense with three hits and a walk and two runs scored. Hunter Goodwin had two hits and scored three runs. Scott added two hits and two RBI. Rodridgues, McQueen, Maggard and Morgan Day each contributed one hit.
Three Redskins teamed on a two-hitter as Cumberland downed visiting Letcher Central 11-1 on Monday.
Day struck out five in 2 1/3 innings. Rodrigues fanned two in 1 1/3 innings to earn the win. Tyler Simmons recorded the final two outs.
Goodwin again led the Cumberland offense with three hits in three at bats. Tyrese Simmons and McQueen each had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Maggard, Xavier Simmons and A.J. Simmons contributed one hit each.
Israel Terry had Letcher’s two hits and scored its lone run.
Lady Skins rally for extra-inning victory
Cumberland overcame six errors behind a strong pitching performance from Kacie Rusell to defeat East Bernstadt 10-7 on Saturday.
Russell scattered six hits while striking out 14 and walking only one.
Nikki Creech led the Cumberland offense with two triples and a single. Shawnee Cress contributed a triple and single. Mikalyn Foutch, Grayson Raleigh, Regan Caudill and Russell added one single each.
Cumberland took a 3-1 lead in the third inning as Foutch and Creech led off with singles and scored on an error on a ball hit by Lainey Cox, who scored on a ground out by Russell.
Creech singled, stole second and scored on a triple by Creech in the fourth inning.
East Bernstadt reclaimed the lead with five runs in the fifth inning. The Lady Skins were down to their final out in sixth when Foutch walked and scored on another Creech triple. Creech stole home to tie the game at 6-6 and send it to extra innings.
Creech had a two-run double in the seventh inning to send Cumberland to the win.
Cumberland plays host to Whitesburg on Thursday and travels to Middlesboro on Friday and Clay County on Saturday.
Cumberland 0 0 3 1 0 2 4 — 10 8 6
East Bernstadt 1 0 0 0 5 0 1 — 7 6 3
Knox Central hands Lady Dragons first loss
Harlan suffered its first loss of the season in middle school softball action, falling 5-3 to Knox Central on Thursday.
Ashley Overbay had a double and Payton Bennett and Katelyn Burkhart added singles for the Lady Dragons.
Overbay pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts and four walks.
Harlan bounced back with a 15-0 win over East Bernstadt on Friday. Overbay and Brooklyn Collins each had two singles to lead Harlan. Burkhart and Alyssa Moses added one single each.
Overbay struck out 10 and walked one in a four-hitter to earn the win.
Mistakes hurt Lady Patriots in loss to Wiilliamsburg
New Harlan fell 15-4 to Williamsburg in middle school softball action.
Ashley Hawkins led the New Harlan offense with two triples. Emily Long added a triple and single. Cherish Shepherd singled twice. Jacey Lewis and Kaitlin Krahenbuhl contributed one single each.
Shepherd and Lewis shared mound duty with Shepherd striking out three and walking one and Lewis striking out two and walking none.
“WIlliamsburg hit the ball well and our infield made a couple of bad decisions that cost us a few runs,” New Harlan coach Doug Shepherd said. “After we adjusted to the speed of the pitcher we hit the ball a lot better. I think we will be a different team by midseason. We still have a lot of work to do but when we come together we will be a tough team to compete with with. We’ll take it one step at a time and time will tell what we have.”
New Harlan won 11-10 in the junior varsity game on an inside-the-park homer by Hawkins. Long started on the mound and Hawkins finished.
Passing camp scheduled at HCHS
The annual “Passing for a Purpose” quarterback/wide receiver camp is set for May 10 at Coal Miners Memorial Stadium on the campus of Harlan County High School.
Harlan County assistant coach Eddie Creech, a former standout quarterback at Cumberland High School, is the camp director.
Instructors will include members of the HCHS coaching staff and HCHS players. Former Cumberland and University of Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard is a speaker each year at the camp.
The cost of the camp is $10, and each participant will receive a T-shirt, lunch and instruction.
All proceeds this year will go to the Empty Stocking Fund.
Those interested can send an e-mail with name, age, shirt size and any medical information needed to email@example.com or call (606)-273-6347.