MHS splits season series with Colonels
Published 12:30 pm Thursday, May 17, 2018
The Middlesboro seniors didn’t get the send off they were hoping for when they squared off against Whitley County on senior night. After handing the Colonels a convincing defeat two weeks ago, the Jackets couldn’t slow down Whitley on Wednesday en route to a 14-4 defeat.
The loss gives Middlesboro three defeats over their past five games with the team losing to Clay County and Letcher County Central as well. The win extends Whitley County’s current streak to six games as the Colonels have began to flourish down the final stretch.
Collier Elkins paced Middlesboro going 2-for-3 with two runs including a solo home run in the fourth inning. Tyler McCullough finished with a double and a single. Brad Short went 2-for-4 on the day. Jeremiah Wilder scored twice as a courtesy runner for Jacob Mike.
McCullough was credited with the loss on the mound. He allowed seven hits and 11 runs through three-plus innings. Joshua Arnold came in for relief in the fourth and closed the game allowing three runs.
Whitley County lit up the scoreboard often while at the plate. The team finished with 13 hits on the evening. Jonathan Watson led the team going 3-for-4 with three runs including a solo home run.
Watson wasn’t the only player for the Colonels to perform at the plate. All but two players in the line-up scored at least one run. Luke Wohlfarth finished with three runs and one RBI on three hits.
Kyle Edmisten picked up the win on the mound for Whitley. Through four innings, the senior allowed three runs on five hits. Tyler Shelton and Chase Harlan also saw time on the mound.
The Colonels got things started in the first going up 2-0. An RBI by Caleb Rains gave Whitley a 1-0 lead before Wohlfarth scored on a passed ball to give the Colonels a two-run lead.
Middlesboro responded in the bottom half of the inning with Wilder scoring on a balk to cut the lead to 2-1. The inning ended with runners stranded on second and third.
Whitley County increased their lead to 3-1 in the second when Clay Shelton scored on the Dylan Wilson RBI.
The Colonels continued to build on their lead in the third adding four runs to the scoreboard. After reaching third, Wohlfarth scored on a throwing error to give Whitley a 4-1 lead. Jake Prewitt crossed home plate just before Clay and Tyler Shelton scored on errors to give the Colonels a 7-1 lead.
Middlesboro responded with an RBI by Short to cut the deficit to five runs, 7-2.
Things began to get out of hand in the fourth. RBIs by Wohlfarth and Prewitt ballooned the lead to 10-2 before an RBI by Clay Shelton gave Whitley an 11-2 lead.
Elkins provided a bright spot for the Jackets in the bottom half of the fourth hitting a homer over the left-field fence to narrow the deficit to 11-3.
Watson answered with a lead-off home run of his own in the fifth to widen the margin to 12-3. The Colonels capped the game off with two runs in the seventh while holding Middlesboro to one run in the inning to secure the 10-run victory.
Middlesboro (16-11) will host Clay County (21-10) at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
Whitley County (22-9) will travel to Boyle County (22-4) on Friday.
Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN