LONDON — The North Laurel Jaguars avenged an earlier season loss to Harlan County by knocking off the Black Bears Thursday, picking up a 7-1 victory to improve to 19-8 on the season and 8-2 against 13th Region opponents.
North Laurel’s Zach Hurley pitched a complete game, tallying six strikeouts in the win. Weston Griebel led the offense with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, putting the Jaguars on top for good.
Darrin McWhorter’s team took a 3-0 lead at the end of the first inning and stretched the gap to 5-0 after plating a pair of runs in the second inning.
The Black Bears showed some fight, trimming the deficit to 5-1 with a run in the fourth inning, but that’s as close as they could get. The Jaguars added runs in the fourth and fifth innings to seal the win.
Scotty Bailey, Tyler Cornett and Gage Burkhart singles for the 16-14 Bears.
Cornett suffered the loss as he surrendered six runs (three earned) in 1 2/3 innings, striking out none and walking three. Burkhart allowed one run in four innings, giving up four hits while striking out four and walking five. Anthony Jenkins recorded the final out.
Harlan County returns to action Saturday in a 1 p.m. game at Knox Central.
Harlan County000 100 0 — 1 3 2
North Laurel420 010 x — 7 9 2
Cornett, Burkhart (2), Jenkins (6) and Brendan Rutherford; Hurley and Maxey. WP — Hurley. LP — Cornett (3-5). HR — North Laurel (Griebel).