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Fast start sends Lady Bears past Barbourville

Up 10-0 after one inning and 16-0 after two, the Harlan County Lady Bears appeared well on their way to a three-inning Monday over visiting Barbourville.

Harlan County coach Tim McElyea was feeling so good about the Lady Bears’ play that he started substituting in the second inning. The strategy extended the game as Barbourville scored three runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings before Harlan County finished off a 20-9 victory in seven innings.

Emily Collett led Harlan County’s 18-hit attack with three singles. Nikki Creech had a triple and single. Hannah Johnson doubled twice. Allee Galloway had a double and single. Brandy Adams, Rhileigh Alred and Destiny Clark singled twice each. Emily Evans, Morgan Blakley and Kerrigan Creech had one single each.

Kerrigan Creech earned the win but couldn’t overcome five errors as she gave up seven runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts and seven walks. Clark retired all four Lady Tigers she faced to close out the win.

Autumn Hamilton, Megan Poff and Aimee Woolum had two hits each for Barbourville. Alexis Helton and Lucy Robinson added one single each.

Adams, Evans and Collett each had two-run singles in a 10-run first inning as the Lady Bears sent 15 to the plate.

The Lady Bears added six runs in the second inning as Alred, Clark, Creech, Collett and Johnson had consecutive hits.

Harlan County worked out trouble in the first two innings with nice defensive plays. Johnson turned a double play at third base to end the first inning and Kali Blevins had an unassisted double play at first base to end the second inning.

Barbourville played the game as the home team as the game was originally scheduled to be played at Barbourville but was moved to HCHS due to field conditions at Barbourville

Harlan County (12-4) will play at Clay County on Thursday. Barbourville (7-8) plays at Knox Central on Tuesday.

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Harlan County (10)60 010 3 — 20. 18. 5

Barbourville 003 330 0 — 9. 9. 6

K. Creech, Clark (6) and Adams, Galloway (3), Adams (5); Hamilton, Jones (3) and Woolum. WP — K. Creech (11-4). LP — Hamilton.