Kacie Russell pitched five hitless innings and Nikki Creech ignited a 17-hit attack in her first game back from an injury as Harlan County built a big lead early on the way to a 10-6 win Thursday at Leslie County.
Russell struck out five and allowed only one base runner on a walk to earn the win. Jessie Johnson gave up six runs in one-plus inning on the mound. Destinee Jenkins struck out all three batters she faced to get the Lady Bears out of a bases-loaded jam, earning a save in the process.
Creech, Harlan County’s speedy sophomore center fielder, had five hits in five at bats from the top of the HCHS order, including a double. Jenkins hit a home run and added three singles and four RBI in five at bats. Hannah Johnson added a double and two singles, driving in three runs. Lainey Cox contributed a triple and single. Russell, Emily Long and Haley Blakley added one single each.
Kaylyn Asher and Cameron Coots led Leslie with two hits and three RBI each. Kameron Turner added one single.
Harlan County closes its regular season schedule Friday at home against South Laurel. The 14-12 Lady Bears play Bell County in the 52nd District Tournament on Monday at Middlesboro.
The 15-9 Lady Eagles will play Buckhorn on Monday in the 54th District Tournament at Perry Central.
Harlan County 432 001 0 — 10 17 4
Leslie County 000 002 4 — 6 5 2
Russell, Johnson (6), Jenkins (7) and Long; Turner and Collett. WP — Russell (4-6). LP — Turner. HR – Jenkins (2). Sv – Jenkins (2).