By Steve LeMaster
STEARNS – McCreary Central remained in the win column over the weekend. Host McCreary Central pulled away to win 15-5 in six innings in a mid-season high school baseball game.
With the loss, Leslie County slipped to 7-8.
McCreary Central improved to 5-6 with the win.
The victory allowed McCreary Central to halt a three-game losing skid.
McCreary Central pitcher Grant Hamner earned the win out of a starting role. Hamner surrendered five runs on five hits over four and a third innings, striking out five.
Gunnar Couch started on the mound for the Eagles. Couch, who suffered the loss, allowed nine hits and 12 runs over three innings, striking out one. Wyatt Hensley threw two and two-thirds innings in relief for the Eagles.
McCreary Central set the tone early, plating five runs in the bottom half of the first inning. The Raiders outhit the Eagles 12-4.
Hamner, Blake Corder, Riley Richmond and Evan Kidd delivered multiple hits for McCreary Central in the victory. Corder led the Raiders at the plate, finishing with three hits in four at-bats.
McCreary Central excelled both offensively and defensively, turning in an error-free performance in the field.
Hensley went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Leslie County offensive effort.
Each high school baseball team committed one error.
Leslie County dropped its second straight game.