HARROGATE, Tenn. — Cumberland Gap got into the win column in a big way on Thursday as they swept a double-header with Washburn by scores of 15-1 and 11-2.
“We hit well tonight and after playing Greeneville a couple of time we needed that,” Panther coach Nick Huckaby said. “We did what we were supposed to, the kids are still playing hard and it’s good to get a couple of wins under out belt.”
Senior Brandon Bailey earned a five-inning complete game victory in the opener. He allowed just one run on two hits while striking out five and not walking a batter. Bailey put the Panthers ahead to stay with an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning. He also singled and scored two runs in the game.
Sophomore Hunter Bayless had three singles, two RBI and a run scored in the contest while Joe Gidens also had three singles to drive in one run and scored three times.
Wyatt Brooks added two hits, a walk and scored three runs; Jonathan Lorens singled twice and scored twice; while Gage Barnett and Chase Smith both doubled in the game.
The hits kept coming early in game two as the Panthers put up seven runs in the top of the first inning and coasted to an 11-2 win.
Bayless again had three hits with one RBI and two runs scored. Senior Gavin Burns singled, doubled and walked; he finished the double-header with three RBI and two runs scored. Lorens had a two-run single, walked and scored two runs; and Devon Helton had an RBI single, a walk and scored twice.
Barnett added a single and a run scored, Smith had an RBI ground out and Gidens walked twice, stole two bases and scored two runs.
Freshman Jase Hamilton pitched the first three innings of game two to pick up the win. He gave up just an unearned run on one hit with two strikeouts and no walks.
Cumebrland Gap (2-2) visits Middlesboro today at 5:30 p.m.
“That’s going to be another test. (MHS coach) John (Smith) had got a really good team this year. I’m sure we’re going to see two or three good arms and we’ll go over and compete the best we can,” Huckaby said.