Freshmen Gabe Price and Benjamin Lewis each pitched three shutout innings and senior outfielder Gage Burkhart hit Harlan County’s first homer as the visiting Black Bears overpowered Barbourville 9-0 on Thursday.
Price struck out four and walked one in three hitless innings to open the game. Lewis struck out out four, walked three and allowed one hit in three innings. Josh Jordan struck out two and allowed one hit in one inning on the mound to finish the game.
Sean Johnson had three of the Bears’ seven hits, all singles. Brendan Rutherford added a double and single. Burkhart hit a three-run homer. Dylan Cornett added a single.
Garry Henson, also a freshman, came off the bench to drive in a run, score two runs and steal two bases.
Rutherford led of the game with a double. Henson, a courtesy runner, stole third and scored on Cornett’s hit. Jared Sizemore also scored after drawing a walk for a 2-0 lead.
Burkhart’s three-run blast in the third inning pushed the lead to 5-0, bringing in both Henson and Lewis. Rutherford opened the inning with a single and Lewis walked.
Consecutive errors allowed Devin Rodrigues and Henson to reach base in the sixth inning. Rodrigues scored when Henson’s fly ball to right field was misplayed.
HCHS added three runs in the seventh inning. Lewis and Burkhart drew walks to open the inning, and Johnson drove in a run with a single. Burkhart scored on Henson’s sacrifice fly. Will Scott reached on an error to bring in Johnson.
Harlan County (6-7) returns to action Tuesday with its district opener at Harlan.
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Price, Lewis (4), Jordan (7) and Rutherford, Casolari (6); Worley, Bain (7) and Tye. WP — Lewis (1-0). LP — Worley.