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Blakley earns first win as HCHS edges Harriman

A tall and talented eighth-grader, Brayden Blakley will likely win quite a few games the next five years for the Harlan County Black Bears.

He won his first high school start on Saturday at Sevier County High School in Tennessee with a strong four innings against Harriman, Tenn. Blakley gave up one run on four hits with three strikeouts and no walks as the Bears held off a late Harriman comeback to win 9-8.

Justin Brown and J Harris led the Bears on offense with two singles each. Benjamin Lewis, Tyler Casolari and Jonathan Wilder added one single each.

Jordan Steele pitched one shutout inning with two strikeouts and no walks. Tristan Cooper gave up six runs on six hits in 2/3 of an inning. Benjamin Lewis recorded the final out to earn the save.

Harlan County fell to Elizabethton, Tenn., 16-7 on Friday.

Lewis led the HCHS offense with three RBI on a home run and double. Harris added a double and single. Jonathan Wilder singled twice. Antonio Roman, Brown, Casolari, Garry Henson and Zac Collett had one single each.

Harris gave up eight runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. Quinton Boggs allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings.

The Bears lost 9-6 to Arab, Alab., on Saturday.

Casolari led HCHS against Arab with a double and single. Eli Estep, Roman and Henson each singled twice. Jordan Steele had a double.

Lewis suffered the loss as he gave up six runs (two earned) on two hits in 1 2/3 innings. Steele allowed two runs on hit in 2 1/3 innings. Xzavier Simmons allowed one run on four hits in one inning.

Harlan County (1-3) will play at Letcher Central on Monday.

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Harlan County 101 410 — 7. 13. 4

Elizabethton, Tenn. 406 222 — 16. 17. 3

Harris, Boggs (3) and Casolari; Dillard and Perkins. WP — Dillard. LP — Harris (0-1)

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Harlan County 021 210 — 6. 9. 2

Arab, Alab. 061 11x — 9. 7. 1

Lewis, Steele (2), Simmons (5) and Casolari; McBride, Law (2), Allen (4) and Ferguson. WP — Law. LP — Lewis (0-1).

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Harriman, Tenn. 010 106 — 8. 12. 0

Harlan County 220 500 — 9. 7. 0

Page and Snyder; Blakley, Steele (5), Cooper (6), Lewis (6) and Casolari; Page and xxxx. WP — Blakley (1-0). LP — Page. Sv — Lewis (1).