Hits were hard to come by and runs were even more scarce as Harlan put together its best performance of the season in a 1-0 loss Tuesday against visiting Middlesboro.
Middlesboro’s Madison Shields and Harlan’s Ashley Overbay traded zeroes until Middlesboro pushed across the game’s only run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Erica Gambrel after Taylor Moyers had reached base on the game’s only error.
“Tonight was a pitchers duel,” Harlan coach Scott Lewis said. “Ashley pitched exceptionally well. She keep us right where we needed to be, in striking distance. But we just couldn’t put our hits together. The girls played solid defense behind her. It was a total team effort. I was very proud of the way they played. Hopefully, it will carry over through the rest of the season.”
Shields, a junior, gave up only one hit while striking out 10 and walking one.
Overbay, a sophomore, struck out 12 and walked one.
Moyers, Gambrel and Aubrey Sowders had hits for Middlesboro.
Overbay singled with one out in the first inning for the only hit by Harlan. Jayda Young was the only other base runner for the Lady Dragons as she walked in the fifth inning.
Middlesboro was without a couple of key players who missed the game due to the school’s Senior Trip.
The Lady Dragons suffered another blow after the game when Overbay learned she had a broken bone in her left hand, suffered while hitting in the seventh inning. She is expected to be out of action for two to four weeks.
Harlan (5-3) will travel to Williamsburg on Thursday. Middlesboro (8-2) will play at Barbourville on Thursday.
Middlesboro* 000* 001* 0* — 1 3 0
Harlan* 000* 000* 0* — 0 1 1
Shields and Sowders; Overbay and Jenkins. WP — Shields. LP — Overbay (3-2).