Leading 3-2 going into the sixth inning, the Harlan County Black Bears gave up nine unanswered runs in an 11-3 loss to Heritage, Tenn., on Saturday in the second of three games over the weekend at Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Brendan Rutherford led Harlan County’s eight-hit attack with a double and single. Dylan Cornett singled twice. Jared Sizemore and Trey Early each had doubles. Caleb Carmical and Cameron Nease each contributed singles.
Sizemore held Heritage to two unearned runs on five hits through four innings, with five strikeouts and two walks. Carmical gave up three runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings, with one strikeout and no walks. Josh Jordan allowed six runs (four earned).
Carter rolled to a 10-0 win in the final game, scoring six runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth.
Ryan Morgan limited the Bears to only one hit, a single by Cameron Nease to lead off the fifth inning.
Harlan County (2-4) returns to action Monday at Letcher Central.
Heritage, Tenn.* 010* 103* 6* — 11 13 1
Harlan County* 102* 000* 0* — 3 8 5
Debuck and Bowers; Sizemore, Carmical (5), Jordan (6) and Rutherford. WP – Debuck. LP – Carmical (0-2).
Harlan County* 000* 00* — 0 1 2
Carter, Tenn.* 010* 63* — 10 7 0
Burkhart, Nease (1), Lewis (4) and Casolari; Morgan and Blackburn. WP — Morgan. LP — Nease.