Bulldogs fall to Bears in close game

By Tony McGuire - [email protected]

Late last week, the Hazard Bulldog baseball team played host to the Harlan County Black Bears. The Bulldogs fell behind early, but managed to tie the game late. However, a final inning run by the Black Bears gave them the win.

Harlan County broke the ice in the third inning when they went for two runs. Hazard was able to cut the lead in half in the following inning (1-2).

Griffin Wells opened the rally by reaching first on an error. Wells then moved to second when Rudy Akemon was hit by a pitch. He later scored on a single by Ryan Smith.

The Bulldogs tied the game in the sixth inning. Again, it was Wells that provided the run. Wells walked, and moved his way to third courtesy of the Bears errors; and again, Ryan Smith brought him home.

The Black Bears broke the tie in the seventh inning with a single run. However, this time the Bulldogs would not be able to reciprocate, giving Harlan County the 3-2 win.

Devin Morris started the game for Hazard and went two innings. Morris had 0 runs on 1 hit, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Ryan Smith followed him to the mound, going 3 innings, with 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Griffin Wells closed out the final two innings with 1 run, 0 hits, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.

Hazard (2) Griffin Wells 2 runs and 1 hit and Ryan Smith 1 hit and 2 RBI.

Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

By Tony McGuire

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