Jackets go winless in Myrtle Beach

Published 2:55 pm Friday, April 5, 2019

The Middlesboro Yellow Jackets’ baseball team had a tough week in Myrtle Beach on spring break during the Cal Ripken Experience. Losing all four games played, the Jackets hope to shake it off and get back into the winning column against the Barbourville Tigers on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Middlesboro.

Averaging 2.75 runs per game while allowing 9.75 runs per game, the Jackets struggled on the sticks while also struggling in the field.

Against Bethlehem in their final game, things started off tough for the Jackets as they managed only a single hit in the first inning. However, the Jackets held the Eagles in check in the first inning as well, retiring their first three batters; two on strikeouts, one on a fly-out.

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Things began to pick up in the second inning, as Bethlehem rattled off two runs on a home run by Hall. Middlesboro took the lead in the top of the third inning, driving in three runs, before the Eagles answered with two runs of their own — regaining the lead 4-3.

Bethlehem added another run in the fourth, increasing their lead to 5-3. Both teams were held scoreless in the fifth inning, before Middlesboro added two runs in the sixth, tying the score at five runs apiece. However, the Eagles added another run in the bottom of the sixth to gain a one-run lead, 6-5.

With one last chance to regain the lead, the Yellow Jackets were retired in four batters, giving Bethlehem the win.

With the loss, Middlesboro moves to 2-7 on the season. The Yellow Jackets’ next game comes against Barbourville on Monday.