By Steve LeMaster
HYDEN – Faring well on the road, McCreary Central held on to defeat host Leslie County 4-1 in a high school baseball game on Friday.
The game was tied 1-1 with McCreary Central batting in the top of the sixth inning when Nathaniel Griffis doubled on the first pitch of his at-bat to score two runs.
Leslie County fared well early, scoring one run on an error in the second inning.
McCreary Central tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning when Austin Vanover singled on the first pitch of his at-bat to score one run.
McCreary Central pitcher Connor Campbell earned the win. Campbell surrendered one run on two hits over seven innings, striking out 15 and walking one.
Leslie County pitcher Chase Adams took the loss. Adams allowed 13 hits and four runs over six and two-thirds innings, striking out two and walking zero.
McCreary Central banged out 13 hits. Vanover, Campbell and Blake Corder each managed multiple hits for the Raiders. Vanover led McCreary Central at the plate, finishing 3-for-3.
Griffis provided a game-high two RBIs for the Raiders.
In addition to excelling offensively, McCreary Central produced in the field, committing only one error.
Two different Leslie County provided one hit apiece.
Leslie County struggled defensively, committing four errors.
The Raiders defeated Leslie County for the second time in the 2018 season. McCreary Central pulled away to defeat Leslie County 15-5 in six innings on Saturday, April 21.