The Hazard Bulldogs played four games on the road last week, finishing their opening week with a 2-2 record.
Hazard opened with the Harlan County Black Bears. The Bulldogs struggled to get their offense rolling, and fell 8-3.
Harlan County capitalized on several Bulldog mistakes in the first inning to jump out to a 5-0 lead. The Bears pushed the lead to 6-0 with another run in the third inning. Connor Leisge reached base on a walk and later scored on a single from Blake Rutherford.
Hazard closed to the gap to 6-2 with a pair of runs in the fourth inning, but Harlan County an-swered with a pair of its own in the bottom half.
Hazard scored the game’s final run in the sixth inning, but the Bulldogs never seriously threatened as Harlan County cruised to the win.
Later in the week, the Bulldogs played in the Hits for Home Invitational at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. Hazard took on the Sheldon Clark Cardinals. The Bulldogs were on top of their game on this day, and came away with the 7-2 win, evening their season record at 1-1.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs traveled to Winchester for a double-header. In the opening game, Hazard took on Fleming County, who doubled up on the Bulldogs 10-5. In the second game, the Bulldogs took on George Rogers Clark. Hazard was able to squeak out the narrow 6-5 victory, evening their season record at 2-2.
This week the Bulldogs will play a pair at home as they host Letcher Central on Thursday, and Garrard County on Saturday. They will also play several on the road (Central in Va. on Tuesday, Prestonsburg on Wednesday and Knott Central on Friday).
No stats were provided for this week’s games. Additional reporting by John Middleton of the Harlan Daily Enterprise.