Harlan County looked like a team hungry for a win when they visited Middlesboro on Tuesday. The Jackets could only tally four hits against the Black Bears as Harlan County went on to defeat Middlesboro 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.”
Junior Jared 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.
Dylan Cornett, Sean Johnson and Brendan Rutherford each went 1-for-4 with one run. Johnson also had an RBI on the night.
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. After reaching base on an error, Rutherford scored on an RBI single from Will Scott.
Middlesboro tied the game in the home half of the third. With one out, Arnold hit a single 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 went on a three-run rally in the fifth. Carmichael started things off with a leadoff double to left field. An RBI single from Johnson scored Carmichael to increase the Black Bear lead to 2-1.
An RBI single from Gage Burkhart widened the margin to 3-1. A Sizemore RBI secured the three-run victory for Harlan County.
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 County Central (15-7) at noon on Saturday.
Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN