MIDDLESBORO — Harlan County looked like a team hungry for a win when the Bears visited Middlesboro on Tuesday. The Jackets could only tally four hits against the Black Bears and ace lefthander Jared Sizemore as Harlan County went on win 4-1.
“They got up on us 1-0 early, and we battled back in the third,” said Middlesboro coach John Smith. “We had some key mistakes in the field defensively. We had runners in scoring position in a few innings and just couldn’t punch any runs across when we needed to.”
Sizemore was credited with the win after pitching a complete game. He finished the night allowing only one walk and one run while striking out nine batters.
Matthew Mike picked up the loss for the Jackets. Through six innings of work, he allowed four runs, eight hits and one walk. He struck out four batters before Tyler McCullough was called in to close the game.
Caleb Carmichael paced the Bears at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one run. He was the only batter for Harlan County with multiple hits during the game.
Caleb Carmical paced the Bears at the plate with a double and single. Sizemore added two singles. Brendan Rutherford contributed a double. Dylan Cornett, Sean Johnson, Will Scott and Cameron Nease added one single each.
McCullough led the Jackets at the plate. The sophomore shortstop went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Joshua Arnold scored Middlesboro’s only run in the game while going 1-for-2. Brad Short was the last Jacket to earn a hit during the game.
The Black Bears took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Rutherford reached base on an error and courtesy runner Garry Henson scored on an RBI single from Scott.
Middlesboro tied the game in the home half of the third. With one out, Arnold singled to get on base. He stole second and advanced to third on a balk to get in scoring position. He scored on an RBI single from McCullough to tie the game at 1-1.
Harlan County scored three runs in the fifth inning. Carmical opened with a double to left field. An RBI single from Johnson scored Carmical to increase the Black Bears’ lead to 2-1. An RBI single from Gage Burkhart widened the margin to 3-1. Sizemore’s RBI secured the three-run victory.
Middlesboro (16-9) is slated to travel to Barbourville (15-8) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Harlan County (12-12) is scheduled to host Letcher Central (15-7) at noon on Saturday.
Harlan County* 010* 030* 0* — 4 9 0
Middlesboro* 001* 000* 0* — 1 4 5
Sizemore and Rutherford; M. Mike, McCullough (7) and J. Mike. WP — Sizemore (6-0). LP — M. Mike.
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