Scott Lewis’ Harlan Lady Dragons stayed hot on Tuesday as they pounded out 17 hits en route to a 17-2 win over Bell County. It was the Lady Dragons third straight win and evened their record against district opponents to 2-2.
Madison Brewer pitched all three innings for Harlan. The freshman allowed just one earned run on four hits while striking out three and walking two.
The Lady Dragons jumped on Bell pitcher Courtney Baker for four runs in the top of the first inning. Anna Karst led off with a double, Kaylee McNiel bunted for a hit and Madison Noe followed with an RBI double. Brewer singled to load the bases and Alyssa Mills singled in the second run.
Baker snagged a liner off the bat of Jesse Cochran and doubled Mills off of first. But senior Jourdan Ledford followed with a two-run single. She took second on the throw home but was thrown out going for third to end the inning.
Kaitlyn Jenkins and Katie King both reached on errors to start the Harlan second. Karst brought Jenkins in with an RBI single and McNeil brought King home with a sacrifice bunt. Noe added her second RBI double of the game to stretch the lead to 7-0.
Bell County got their first hit in the bottom of the second as Beverly Burkhart singled, but was thrown out going for second. Baker also singled and Bethany Miracle walked with two out. Brewer got Emily Saylor to hit a grounder to third and Shanae Thomas was able to throw her out to end the inning.
The Lady Dragons put the game out of reach with a big third inning. Harlan scored ten runs on nine hits to go up 17-0.
The Lady Cats got on the board in the bottom of the third. Sarah Collins started the inning by drawing a walk and Jess Sanders singled. Collins was retired at third as Kadi Cordell reached on a fielder’s choice. Bell senior shortstop Courtney Cinnamon singled to score Sanders and Cordell came home as Burkhart reached on an error to make it 17-2.
Cinnamon got to third on that error but Brewer came back with a strikeout to keep the lead at 15 and end the game after three innings.
Karst singled, doubled, walked and reached on an error. She scored three runs and drove in two. Noe added two run scoring doubles and scored twice while Ledford finished with three hits in the game. Jenkins, McNeil, Mills and Cochran all had two hits while Brewer and King both singled.
Harlan (5-7) will take on East Ridge on Friday and Hazard on Saturday in the Wizard of Ozz Classic at Letcher Central. Bell County (1-6, 0-3 in district play) will host Claiborne, Tenn., for a doubleheader on Thursday.
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|Madison Brewer and Kaitlyn Jenkins; Courtney Baker and Jess Sanders. W — Brewer. L — Baker.|