Fresh off of an impressive performance at Whitley County over the weekend, the Harlan County Lady Bears continued their improved play Monday with a 17-2 rout of visiting Barbourville.
“They came together down there at Whitley County. I am hoping they will stay together, turn this thing around and head it in the right direction,” said Harlan County coach Howard White.
The Lady Bears led 4-0 after two innings, before blowing the game open with a 10-run third inning. Harlan County tacked on three runs in the fourth inning as it continued to pull away.
Eighth-grader Megan Ramsey recorded five strikeouts, while scattering just three hits in the four-inning victory.
Bridget Robinson had two doubles to lead Harlan County at the plate. Ramsey recorded a double and a single. Rachel McLain and Savannah Sergent each contributed two singles. Regan Nease had a double, and Mallory Johnson added a single. The Lady Bears were also patient at the plate, collecting 12 walks.
“It takes us a while to catch up to that slow pitching. They walked a lot too,” White said. “We tried to get a bunch of young kids in there and let them play.”
Harlan County (11-7) will host Harlan in a 52nd District matchup today, while Barbourville (4-10) will travel to Knox Central.
In previously unreported action, the Lady Bears turned in a second place finish in the Whitley County tournament last weekend.
Harlan County picked up impressive victories over Williamsburg, Bishop Brossart, Middlesboro and Clay County. The Lady Bears fell to Grant County in the tournament opener and Bishop Brossart in the championship game.
“If you would have told me that we would be in the finals of that tournament, I would have said you were crazy. We played real well down there,” said White.
Barbourville 002 0 – 2 3 3
Harlan County 31(10) 3 – 17 11 2
Logan, Rose (2), Hall (4) and Rose, Logan (3); Ramsey and McLain. WP-Ramsey (4-1). LP-Logan.