Saturday’s “Crestline Scores & Events”
The Lady Bears’ 12-game win streak came to a decisive end in Virginia on Wednesday, as Harlan County was held scoreless for only the third time this season. Farren Clark had two hits to lead the Lady Bears on offense. Savannah Sergent added a double. Amber Creech andHaley Blakley contributed one single each. Destinee Jenkins suffered the loss, giving up four runs on five hits in four innings, with three strikeouts and three walks. Kacie Russell allowed four runs on three hits in two innings, with three strikeouts and three walks.
Rather than fretting about the end of their 12-game winning streak at Lee, Va., the Harlan County Lady Bears simply started another Friday with a 10-0 six-inning victory at Letcher Central. Destinee Jenkins, a freshman righthander, was in control on the mound as she scattered five hits while striking out three and walking two to improve her record to 18-5 on the season. She received plenty of support from her offense with a 12-hit attack that featured three singles by junior right fielder Tia King and a pair of doubles from freshman first baseman Kacie Russell. Haley Blakley added two singles. Jenkins, Farren Clark, Jessie Johnson, Amber Creech and Nikki Creech each contributed one single.
HCHS scratched out a run in the first inning as Blakley singled, moved to second on Amber Creech’s sacrifice and scored on King’s hit. The Lady Bears followed with three-run outbursts in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to end the game. Harlan County loaded the bases with one out in the fourth as Blakley was hit by a pitch, King singled and Clark walked. Johnson brought in one run when she was hit on the foot by a pitch. Nikki Creech brought in two more with a single to left for a 4-0 lead. Russell started the fifth inning with a double to deep center. Blakley was safe on an error and Amber Creech walked to load the bases again. King ripped a single to center for two runs and Clark laid down a suicide squeeze bunt just in front of the plate for another. Jenkins led off the sixth inning with a single, and Savannah Sergent brought in a run when she was safe on an error. Russell followed with her second double to put runners on second and third. Blakley singled in a run and Amber Creech beat out a bunt hit for the 10th run.
Letcher Central fell to 18-8 with the loss. The Lady Cougars travel to Paintsville on Saturday. The win improved Harlan County’s record to 7-0 against 14th Region competition. Harlan County (25-6) is scheduled to close its regular season schedule Saturday at 1 p.m. at Jenkins, the top-rated team in the 14th Region.
Cameron Nease came up with the biggest hit of his young high school career Thursday with a two-out, two-run double to put Harlan County ahead to stay on the way to a 4-2 win at Hazard. Harlan County trailed 2-1 going into the seventh inning. The Bears were down to their last out when Dylan Cornett singled. Chance Brown, the Bears’ top home run hitter, was intentionally walked. The move to put the go-ahead runner on base backfired when Nease doubled to center, driving home the tying and go-ahead runs. Brendan Rutherford added an insurance run with an RBI single to right. Junior left-hander Gage Burkhart (4-2) pitched a complete game for the Bears, giving up two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Brown also had a double for the Bears and scored two runs. Dylan Cornett, Jared Sizemore, Sawyer Fields and Rutherford added one single each. Harlan County (21-6) will play Bell County on Monday in the 52nd District Tournament at Bell.
Harlan County seniors Chance Brown (left) and Zach Doss were honored recently for their baseball achievements. Brown received a trophy for setting a school record with nine RBIs in a win over Cordia. Doss was honored for hitting the school’s first grand slam in a victory over McCreary Central.
Tonight, NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, Fox Sports 1 at 9 p.m.
(Some items from Saturday’s, May 16, 2015, Scores & Events courtesy of Harlandaily.com and NASCAR.com)