The Bell County Lady Cats completed a sweep of the 52nd District with a 12-1 victory at Harlan on Monday.
“You want to stay undefeated, but we still have to play the district tournament,” said Bell County coach J.W. Campbell.
The Lady Cats struck first as Alisha Russell, Erica Gambrel, Kristen Slusher and Jessica Sanders each scored in the first inning.
Slusher broke the game open with a three-run homer to left field in the second inning.
“You have to give them credit. J.W. is one of the best coaches around and he has a really solid team,” said Harlan coach Scott Lewis. “We just have to keep chipping away.”
Logan Brown scored Harlan’s only run in the second inning. Brown reached base on a walk, advanced on a single by Madison Noe and later scored on a single from Anna Karst.
The Lady Cats pushed the lead to 10-1 with three runs in the fourth inning, and finished with a pair of runs in the fifth inning.
Slusher had a home run and a double to lead Bell County at the plate. Russell contributed a double and two singles. Gambrel recorded a double and a single. Yeary, Sanders and Lauren Spurlock each added a single.
“We weren’t great at the plate. because I don’t think we were real focused. The game meant nothing for either team other than a win. I think we went through the motions,” said Campbell.
Noe had three singles to lead the Lady Dragons offensively. Karst and Brown each added a single.
“I challenged them before the game about hitting, and we didn’t have a strikeout. I was proud of them,” Lewis said. “We hit the ball good, unfortunately they got to them.”
Rachel Yeary scattered five hits and walked one batter in the complete-game victory on the mound. Yeary was backed up by a solid fielding performance from the Lady Cats.
“Our outfield played about as well as they have all year. I am proud of our defense,” Campbell said.
Madison Brewer walked six batters in two innings in the loss. Noe allowed four walks in three innings of relief.
Harlan (10-15 overall, 1-5 district) will host Lynn Camp today, while Bell County (20-8, 6-0) will host Clay County.
Bell County 430 32 - 12 10 0
Harlan 001 00 - 1 5 2
Yeary and Sanders; Brewer, Noe (3) and Goins. WP-Yeary. LP-Brewer.