After being held hitless for five innings, the Harlan County Lady Bears took out their frustrations in the sixth. The Lady Bears exploded for all seven of their hits and eight runs in the decisive sixth inning Wednesday to pull away for a 8-2 victory over visiting Perry Central.
Chyanna Harris started the offense with a single. Katie Johnson then reached base on a walk. Stittums loaded the bases with a bunt single. Megan Ramsey grounded out to second to bring in a run and tie the game at one.
“It’s amazing what a little bunt will do,” Harlan County coach Howard White said. “We put some pressure on them, and that’s when you make mistakes. We weren’t hitting, so I said we’re going to bunt.”
Sergent then followed with a triple to the center-field fence that drove in Johnson and Stittums and put Harlan County up for good. Sergent, Bellofatto, Bridget Robinson, Jessie Johnson and Amber Creech also scored in the inning.
Johnson recorded nine strikeouts and allowed five hits in the complete-game victory on the mound.
Perry Central struck first with a run in the first inning, before the teams traded defensive stands.
Harlan County (15-13) returns to action Monday against Middlesboro in the 52nd District Tournament.
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Back, Sheffield (6) and Sebastian; K. Johnson and Robinson.