Another good pitching performance and just enough hitting helped the Harlan County Black Bears end a two-game losing streak to start the season as the Bears knocked off visiting Barbourville 3-0 on Thursday.
Four HCHS pitchers combined on the five-hit shutout. Brendan Rutherford gave up one hit in one inning. Benjamin Lewis allowed one hit in 2/3 of an inning. Josh Jordan earned the win as he allowed two hits in 2 1/3 innings. Gabe Price picked up the save as he gave up only one hit in three innings.
Hunter Nease had two singles to lead the HCHS offense. Gage Burkhart added a double. Caleb Carmical, Jared Sizemore and Will Scott had one single each.
Bradley Warren doubled for the Tigers. Dylan Worley, Trey Owens, Connor Bain and Tate Carter contributed one single each.
Worley suffered the loss as he allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits in five innings. Carter gave up one run on one hit in one inning.
Harlan County broke up a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. Carmical led off with a single and pinch runner Michael Simpson moved up on a single by Carmical and an error. Nease singled home one run, and Brendan Rutherford brought home Carmical with his ground out to second base.
Carmical led off with a walk in the sixth inning, moved up on a passed ball and scored on Scott’s single.
Harlan County (1-2) travels to a tournament in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on Friday.
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Worley, Carter (6) and Owens; Rutherford, B. Lewis (2), Jordan (2), Price (5) and Casolari, Rutherford (2). WP — Jordan (1-0). LP – Worley. Sv — Price.