Harlan County salvaged one win out of three games over the weekend at the National Guard Tomahawk Classic at Madison Central HIgh School, defeating Madison Southern 11-7 after falling to Madison Central 9-2 earlier in the day and losing to Lafayette 5-0 on Friday night.
Errors and unearned runs continued to be a problem for the Bears, who had four errors against the Eagles, leading to six unearned runs. Freshman lefthander Jared Sizemore overcame the mistakes to earn his sixth win in six decisions. Sizemore gave up seven runs (six unearned) on four hits in six innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Sawyer Fields pitched one hitless inning in relief.
Senior rightfielder Blake Rutherford had three hits to lead the Harlan County offense. Zach Doss, Scotty Bailey and Chance Brown added two hits each. Connor Leisge, Fields, Brendan Rutherford and Gage Burkhart had one hit each. Brown had the only extra-base hit with a double.
Harlan County (13-7) will travel to Harlan on Monday and play host to the Green Dragons on Tuesday to close its regular season district schedule.
Harlan County 110 360 0 — 11 13 4
Madison Southern 203 200 0 — 7 4 3
Sizemore, Fields (7) and Brendan Rutherford; Owens, Norris (5) and Owen. WP — Sizemore (6-0), LP — Owens.
Madison Central 9, Harlan County
Bad defense cost the Black Bears against the host Indians as seven Harlan County errors led to five unearned runs for Madison Central. HCHS had a 10-6 lead in hits but struggled to score, much like a night earlier in a 6-0 loss to Lafayette.
Scotty Bailey had three hits to lead the Harlan County offense, including a double. Connor Leisge and Cole Wilson added two hits each. Anthony Jenkins, Zach Doss and Sawyer Fields each had one hit.
Bailey suffered the loss as he gave up six runs (two earned) on four hits in four innings. Cornett allowed three runs in 2/3 of an inning. Gage Burkhart struck out three and walked three in 1 1/3 innings.
Harlan County100 000 1 — 2 10 7
Madison Central 330 120 x — 9 6 2
Bailey, Cornett (5), Burkhart (5) and Jarvis; Lakes, Presnell (6), Begley (7) and Mullins. WP — Lakes. LP — Bailey (0-1).
Lafayette 5, Harlan County 0
Senior righthanders Jalen Stith and Adam Holcomb teamed on a six-hitter as the Generals won against Harlan County ace Connor Leisge, who suffered his first loss since last year’s 13th Region Tournament finals against North Laure.
Leisge gave up five runs (three earned) in six innings with six strikeouts and three walks. Jared Sizemore pitched one shutout inning in relief, allowing a single while striking out one.
Stith gave up two hits in four innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. Holcomb allowed four hits with two strikeouts and no walks in three innings.
Junior second baseman Zach Doss led the 12-6 Bears with a double and single. Tyler Cornett, Scotty Bailey, Leisge and Dylan Cornett added singles.
Lafayette002 030 0 — 5 8 0
Harlan County 000 000 0 — 0 6 2
Stith, Holcomb (5) and Fangmeyer; Leisge, SIzemore (7) and Brendan Rutherford. SP — Stith. LP — Leisge (3-1). Sv — Holcomb.