An Enterprise Staff Report
The Harlan County Black Bears collected 10 hits Saturday on their way to an 8-4 victory over Prestonsburg and a sweep in the Buddy Roe Invitational at Letcher Central.
The Bears got nine of their hits from the top five in the order, led by a double and single each from the first two hitters, Scotty Bailey and Braxton Fields.
Consecutive hits to open the game by Bailey, Fields and Tyler gave the Bears an early 2-0 lead.
Prestonsburg pulled even in the second inning on a two-run single by Jarin Hill.
The Bears reclaimed a two-run lead in the bottom of the inning with the help of two errors and two walks. Dixon had a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.
The Black Cats threatened in the fourth inning as Boggs surrendered his only two walks, but he worked out of the jam with the help of a nice catch by freshman second baseman Zach Doss and two strikeouts with two runners in scoring position.
Andrew Dozier walked to open the fourth inning for the Bears, moved to third on an errant pickoff attempt and scored on Blake Rutherford’s ground out. Consecutive hits by Bailey, Fields and Boggs produced another run for a 6-2 lead.
Boggs struggled to get through his fifth and final inning, giving up three hits and two runs, but worked out of the jam by picking two runners off first base.
The Bears added two insurance runs in the sixth inning with a two-out uprising capped by RBI singles from Tyler Dixon and Bond.
Sophomore Tyler Cornett pitched two shutout innings of relief to earn the save.
James Bond turned in a dominant performance on the mound as Harlan County defeated Scott County 4-1 in the first game.
The junior right-hander allowed just one hit, while striking out six batters in seven innings in a complete-game victory.
Boggs had a triple and double to lead the Bears on offense. Dozier added a double. Bond and Eddie Conley contributed singles.
Scott County scored its lone run in the first inning with the help of two errors. The
Scott County opened the scoring with a run in the first inning before Harlan County took the lead in the bottom of the first as Fields was hit by a pitch and scored on Boggs’ triple. Bond’s ground out brought home the go-ahead run.
Bond pushed the lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning, as he scored after reaching base on a bunt.
Fields doubled in the fifth inning and scored another insurance run on an error when Dixon hit a grounder to second base.
Harlan County (21-3) returns to action Wednesday at Knox Central.
Prestonsburg 020 020 0 — 4 8 4
Harlan County 220 202 x — 8 10 2
Hill and Shepherd; Boggs, Cornett (6) and Bailey, Boggs (6). WP — Boggs (7-0). LP — Hill.
Scott County 100 000 0 — 1 1 1
Harlan County 200 110 x — 4 6 3
Humphrey and Grudrow: Bond and Boggs. WP — Bond (4-2). LP — Humphrey.