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Postseason baseball and softball starts Monday all across Kentucky. Locally, Bell County will be hosting the 52nd District baseball tournament with the 52nd District softball tournament at Harlan County. The 51st District baseball tournament will held at Barbourville and the 51st District softball tournament at Knox Central.
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Districts start Monday

Postseason baseball and softball starts Monday all across Kentucky. Locally, Bell County will be hosting the 52nd District baseball tournament with the 52nd District softball tournament at Harlan County. The 51st District baseball tournament will held at Barbourville and the 51st District softball tournament at Knox Central. Here's a look at the f

The Middlesboro Lady Jackets honored their five seniors on Thursday and then went out and beat Williamsburg 10-0 for their eighth straight win.
It was the final home game for seniors Jessica Carter, Makayla Partin, Shae Moyers, Lauren Padgett and Zoie Evans.
“It's been a real pleasure coaching this group of seniors. I coached them during th

Lady Jackets rout W'burg

The Middlesboro Lady Jackets honored their five seniors on Thursday and then went out and beat Williamsburg 10-0 for their eighth straight win. It was the final home game for seniors Jessica Carter, Makayla Partin, Shae Moyers, Lauren Padgett and Zoie Evans. “It's been a real pleasure coaching this group of seniors. I coached them during th

Middlesboro senior Shae Moyers signed Thursday to continue her softball career at the University of the Cumberlands.
“It means a lot. I didn't want to give up playing softball because it's something I've put so much work into,” Moyers said. “I just want to thank everybody who supported me throughout my softball career.”
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Moyers signs with UC

Middlesboro senior Shae Moyers signed Thursday to continue her softball career at the University of the Cumberlands. “It means a lot. I didn't want to give up playing softball because it's something I've put so much work into,” Moyers said. “I just want to thank everybody who supported me throughout my softball career.” A

The Middlesboro Yellow Jackets honored four seniors on Thursday and then went out and snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-2 win over Williamsburg.
“When you've lost your last five in a row the guys can start to get down a little bit, but we held senior night and that got the guys pumped up a little bit. They were having a little fun

Jackets win on senior night

The Middlesboro Yellow Jackets honored four seniors on Thursday and then went out and snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-2 win over Williamsburg. “When you've lost your last five in a row the guys can start to get down a little bit, but we held senior night and that got the guys pumped up a little bit. They were having a little fun

If next week's 52nd District Tournament is anything like the final game of the regular season on Tuesday at Bell County, fans could be in for a treat…and some long nights.
In a wild game that featured unlikely comebacks, clutch hits, fan ejections and gutsy pitching, the Harlan Green Dragons escaped almost certain defeat twice to claim a 10-

Bobcats lose to Harlan in 10

If next week's 52nd District Tournament is anything like the final game of the regular season on Tuesday at Bell County, fans could be in for a treat…and some long nights. In a wild game that featured unlikely comebacks, clutch hits, fan ejections and gutsy pitching, the Harlan Green Dragons escaped almost certain defeat twice to claim a 10-

The Middlesboro Middle School Lady Jackets beat Whitley County 16-6 on Wednesday in the second round of the Southeast Kentucky Middle School Fastpitch Softball Conference Tournament.
MMS (17-4) advances to the third round of the winner's bracket in the double-elimination tournament and will play at unbeaten Clay County on Friday. The tournament wi

MMS routs Whitley in tourney

The Middlesboro Middle School Lady Jackets beat Whitley County 16-6 on Wednesday in the second round of the Southeast Kentucky Middle School Fastpitch Softball Conference Tournament. MMS (17-4) advances to the third round of the winner's bracket in the double-elimination tournament and will play at unbeaten Clay County on Friday. The tournament wi

The Middlesboro Lady Jackets rallied for a 13-3 win over Pineville on Tuesday after falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning.
Junior first baseman Lauren Spurlock led an 11-hit MHS attack with three singles, she drove in two runs and scored one. Freshman Jamayha Poe added two hits and two RBI, Makayla Partin tripled while Laura Durham, Br

Lady Jackets rally past PHS

The Middlesboro Lady Jackets rallied for a 13-3 win over Pineville on Tuesday after falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning. Junior first baseman Lauren Spurlock led an 11-hit MHS attack with three singles, she drove in two runs and scored one. Freshman Jamayha Poe added two hits and two RBI, Makayla Partin tripled while Laura Durham, Br

The Middlesboro Yellow Jackets dropped their fifth straight game on Tuesday, losing 16-6 to North Laurel.
Zach Hurley belted a 3-run homer and also had an RBI single to lead the Jaguars, who also got two-run doubles from Ethan Maxey and Jack Capobianco in the game.
Nine walks issued by Middlesboro pitchers also helped the North Laurel cause.
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Jackets fall to North Laurel

The Middlesboro Yellow Jackets dropped their fifth straight game on Tuesday, losing 16-6 to North Laurel. Zach Hurley belted a 3-run homer and also had an RBI single to lead the Jaguars, who also got two-run doubles from Ethan Maxey and Jack Capobianco in the game. Nine walks issued by Middlesboro pitchers also helped the North Laurel cause. Thr

Entering the season, most 52nd District observers expected the Bell County Bobcats to be right in the mix with Harlan County and Middlesboro for the top spot in the district. Despite having a roster full of seniors the Bobcats struggled to win close games most of the year, especially in district play where they started 0-4 with all four losses comi

Bobcats top Jackets, 6-3

Entering the season, most 52nd District observers expected the Bell County Bobcats to be right in the mix with Harlan County and Middlesboro for the top spot in the district. Despite having a roster full of seniors the Bobcats struggled to win close games most of the year, especially in district play where they started 0-4 with all four losses comi

Senior Makayla Partin pitched an abbreviated no-hitter and the Middlesboro Lady Jacket offense kept on rolling in a 15-0 win over Bell County in three innings on Thursday.
“Makayla, this was the first time she's pitched in two weeks. She said she didn't really want to throw because she hadn't practiced, but we've had so many games in a row t

Lady Jackets beat Bell

Senior Makayla Partin pitched an abbreviated no-hitter and the Middlesboro Lady Jacket offense kept on rolling in a 15-0 win over Bell County in three innings on Thursday. “Makayla, this was the first time she's pitched in two weeks. She said she didn't really want to throw because she hadn't practiced, but we've had so many games in a row t

Bell County bounced back from Wednesday's heart-wrenching 1-0, 11-inning loss to Harlan County in emphatic fashion. The Bobcats pounded out 16 hits on the way to an 18-5 romp over Red Bird.
“We had a long game, a heart-breaker, last night so our kids were a little bit tired. But we got some young kids in and pitched some guys that hadn't thr

Bobcats bounce back

Bell County bounced back from Wednesday's heart-wrenching 1-0, 11-inning loss to Harlan County in emphatic fashion. The Bobcats pounded out 16 hits on the way to an 18-5 romp over Red Bird. “We had a long game, a heart-breaker, last night so our kids were a little bit tired. But we got some young kids in and pitched some guys that hadn't thr

Harlan County may have the top seed for the 52nd District Tournament locked up and the Bell County Bobcats may currently be fourth seed, but the two meetings between the teams this season have both been classics that needed extra innings to decide.
Wednesday, the Black Bears were able to push across a run in the top of the eleventh to break a scor

HCHS edges Bobcats in 11

Harlan County may have the top seed for the 52nd District Tournament locked up and the Bell County Bobcats may currently be fourth seed, but the two meetings between the teams this season have both been classics that needed extra innings to decide. Wednesday, the Black Bears were able to push across a run in the top of the eleventh to break a scor

Middlesboro and Corbin went down to the wire for the second time in as many weeks, but Tuesday it was the Redhounds coming out on top 5-4.
The Yellow Jackets got the tying run on as Matthew Mike singled leading off the bottom of the seventh. Bunts by Brennan Hale and Chase Elliott moved courtesy runner Josh Arnold to third with two out. Corbin's C

Corbin holds off Jackets

Middlesboro and Corbin went down to the wire for the second time in as many weeks, but Tuesday it was the Redhounds coming out on top 5-4. The Yellow Jackets got the tying run on as Matthew Mike singled leading off the bottom of the seventh. Bunts by Brennan Hale and Chase Elliott moved courtesy runner Josh Arnold to third with two out. Corbin's C

Harlan County has the top seed for the 52nd District Tournament locked up and the Bell County Bobcats are currently the fourth seed, but the two meetings between the teams this season have both been classics that needed extra innings to decide.
For the second time this season, the Black Bears needed extra innings to beat Bell by one run. The Black

Bears edge Bell in 11

Harlan County has the top seed for the 52nd District Tournament locked up and the Bell County Bobcats are currently the fourth seed, but the two meetings between the teams this season have both been classics that needed extra innings to decide. For the second time this season, the Black Bears needed extra innings to beat Bell by one run. The Black

The Bell County Bobcats have come up on the short end of five one-run games this season and had two or three others within their grasp that got away. Monday, they finally broke through to win a close one when Caleb Smith scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to give Bell a 9-8 comeback win over Barbourville.
“We've lost about s

Bobcats beat Lions 13-3

The Bell County Bobcats have come up on the short end of five one-run games this season and had two or three others within their grasp that got away. Monday, they finally broke through to win a close one when Caleb Smith scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to give Bell a 9-8 comeback win over Barbourville. “We've lost about s

The Middlesboro Lady Jackets are suddenly on quite a roll. They cruised to a 21-0 win at Pineville on Tuesday for their fourth straight win — all by at least 12 runs.
Freshman Jamayha Poe had four hits, including a double, scored four runs and drove in two to lead a 15-hit attack for MHS. Madison Shields hit a pair of two-run doubles, Jessic

Lady Jackets rout PHS

The Middlesboro Lady Jackets are suddenly on quite a roll. They cruised to a 21-0 win at Pineville on Tuesday for their fourth straight win — all by at least 12 runs. Freshman Jamayha Poe had four hits, including a double, scored four runs and drove in two to lead a 15-hit attack for MHS. Madison Shields hit a pair of two-run doubles, Jessic

Leslie County knocks off Lady Cats, 10-1

Leslie County got two hits each from Katelyn Farler, Jada Estep and Morgan Pugh while Katie Johnson pitched a four-hitter as the Lady Eagles beat Bell County 10-1 on Monday. The Lady Cats were led by freshman catcher Gabby Taylor, who had two hits and drove in a run. Senior Beverly Burkhart and junior Sarah Collins also had hits for Bell County. K

With two eighth-graders starting in place of a pair of seniors, the Pineville Lady Lions hardly missed a beat on Monday as they pounded out 14 hits in an 18-8 win over Barbourville.
Lizzie Lee-Theis and Brandy Sanders were away on senior trip, but the Lady Lions took control early with a nine-run first inning and coasted to the six-inning win.
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Lady Lions rip Barbourville

With two eighth-graders starting in place of a pair of seniors, the Pineville Lady Lions hardly missed a beat on Monday as they pounded out 14 hits in an 18-8 win over Barbourville. Lizzie Lee-Theis and Brandy Sanders were away on senior trip, but the Lady Lions took control early with a nine-run first inning and coasted to the six-inning win. &#

Cumberland Gap finished in fourth place at the District 2-AA baseball tournament at Tusculum College. The Panthers advanced to the double-elimination portion of the event with an 11-2 win over West Greene on Friday, fell into the losers' bracket with a 12-2 loss to Grainger on Saturday and saw their season come to an end with a 13-7 loss to Chuckey

Season ends for Panthers

Cumberland Gap finished in fourth place at the District 2-AA baseball tournament at Tusculum College. The Panthers advanced to the double-elimination portion of the event with an 11-2 win over West Greene on Friday, fell into the losers' bracket with a 12-2 loss to Grainger on Saturday and saw their season come to an end with a 13-7 loss to Chuckey

The Cumberland Gap Panthers finished up the regular season on a strong note, winning 11-1 at Hancock County on Monday and downing Scott 10-5 last Tuesday.
Hunter Bayless fired a complete game four-hitter at Hancock, he struck out five and walked two. Bayless also drove in three runs in that one with a double, walked twice and scored three runs.
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Panthers close strong

The Cumberland Gap Panthers finished up the regular season on a strong note, winning 11-1 at Hancock County on Monday and downing Scott 10-5 last Tuesday. Hunter Bayless fired a complete game four-hitter at Hancock, he struck out five and walked two. Bayless also drove in three runs in that one with a double, walked twice and scored three runs. A





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