LOG MOUNTAIN — The Bell County Bobcats took two from Jackson County on Friday to improve their record to 4-3 on the season.
The teams played a pair of five-inning games with Bell taking game one 3-2 behind a three-hitter from Austin North. The sophomore struck out three and walked two while giving up two earned runs, both in the first inning.
Down 2-0, the Bobcats put up single runs in each of the first three innings to pull out the win. Evan Brock singled and reached on an error and scored twice while Caleb Smith had two hits and scored the other Bobcat run. North and Zach Turner had RBI singles in the game while Dylan Cox and Jacob Rose also had hits for Bell.
For Jackson County, Jordan Fox singled, stole a base and a scored a run while Aaron Duncan had an RBI single and later scored on an error.
Bell County’s offense came to life in game two as they put up ten runs on the way to a 10-4 win.
Rose had two singles and a double while Scotty Fields drove in four runs with a pair of doubles and Cox also had two RBI doubles in the game.
The Generals again struck first as they got hits from Austin Whitehead and Cody Cunagin as they scored two runs in the first inning. Fox also reached on an error in the frame.
Bell answered in a big way with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Jeremiah Partin singled and stole second and Evan Brock reached on an error. Rose followed with an RBI single and Cox added an RBI double. With two outs, Fields ripped a two-run double to put the Bobcats ahead to stay.
Rose and Cox opened the third inning with back-to-back doubles to make it 5-2. Turner walked and a passed ball moved him and Cox up to second and third. Smith singled in one run and another scored on an error before Fields’ second two-run double extended the Bell lead to 9-2.
Devon Miller reached on a fielder’s choice as Fields was thrown out going for third for the second out of the inning. Miller stole second and third and Partin walked before Brock reached on an error as Miller scored. Rose followed with a single but Brock was thrown out rounding third to end the inning.
Fields held Jackson County off the board until the top of the fifth inning when Casey Cameron walked and later scored as Fox reached on a fielder’s choice grounder. D.J. Stone added an RBI double but Cox took over on the mound to get the final two outs to end the game.
Fields allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits over 4-1/3 innings while striking out five and walking one to earn the win. Cox struck out one of the two batters he faced.
Earlier last week, the Bobcats dropped a 9-1 decision to Whitley County and lost 19-9 at Clay County.
Whitley’s Tilmon Jackson held Bell County to just three hits and one run while striking out nine and walking six in a complete game. Michael Harris had three hits and drove in four runs of the Colonels while Stevie Watson singled and doubled and Casey Crisologo also had two hits.
The Bobcats’ only run came in the first inning as Partin walked and stole second, then Cox delivered a two-out RBI single. From there Bell was held to just another Cox single in the fourth inning and a Rose double in the sixth. Partin walked twice in the game while North, Smith, Fields and Turner also drew walks.
North took the loss after allowing five runs in four innings. Fields finished up on the mound and allowed four runs in his two frames.
Thursday at Clay, the Bobcats were getting the best of the Tigers in a slugfest. They led 9-6 after scoring four runs in the top of the fourth inning, but Clay put up 13 runs in the bottom of the inning and went on to a 19-9 win.
Six different Bell County players had hits in the game. Caleb Smith had an RBI double while Rose and Turner both singled and drove in two runs. Brock walked, singled and scored twice and Partin also scored two runs after walking and reaching on an error. Cox and North also had hits for the Bobcats.
Austin Carnahan singled, doubled and tripled for the Tigers and scored three runs. Dylan Garrison also had three hits, drove in two runs and scored two.
The Bobcats were scheduled to visit Leslie County on Monday, but that game was postponed due to snow. Today’s game at Williamsburg is also in doubt because of the weather. Bell County is scheduled to return home on Friday against Barbourville.