Bulldogs drop pair of games

Hazard’s Garrett Miller swings at a pitch against Letcher Central Tuesday evening at Letcher Central. The Bulldogs fell to the Cougars 12-2.

BAXTER — Hazard fell victim to a walk-off as host Harlan County, a rival from the bordering 13th Region, battled back to win 6-5 in eight innings in a high school baseball game on Monday.

The Bulldogs also fell to Letcher Central 12-2 Tuesday evening.

The game was tied 5-5 with Harlan County batting in the bottom of the eighth inning when Matt Simpson singled on a 1-0 count to score the game-winning run.

The Bulldogs lost despite outhitting Harlan County 9-6.

Jay Harris was the winning pitcher for the Black Bears. Harris surrendered five runs on nine hits over eight innings, striking out six and walking one.

Hazard hurler Jarrett Napier suffered the pitching loss. Napier pitched one-third of an inning, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out one and walking one.

Sawyer Patrick started on the mound for the Bulldogs. Patrick tossed one inning, allowing one run on no hits

Jordan Steele, a sophomore first baseman who transferred to Harlan County from Pace Academy in Georgia shortly after the start of the 2018/2019 school year, went two for three at the plate to lead the Black Bears in the hits column.

Harlan County won despite committing six errors.

Trajon Campbell, Garrett Miller, Max Johnson and Andrew Ford led Hazard at the plate, connecting for two hits apiece in the Bulldogs loss.

Hazard committed four errors in the setback.

Following the loss to Letcher County Central, Hazard slipped to 17-6.

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