Campbell County made kept the game within reaching distance for an inning and half. The flood gates opened in the bottom half of the second allowing Cumberland Gap to walk away with a 17-1 victory in five innings on Thursday.
Bubba Lake earned the victory on the mound for the Panthers. Through four innings, the lefty tallied four strikeouts and held the Cougars hitless. He only walked two batters during his time on the mound.
Four batters tallied two hits for Cumberland Gap. Brennan Murphy led the way at the plate going 2-for-2 with four RBIs and one run. Micah Cannon scored two runs on two hits, while Andrew Dishner went 2-for-3 with two runs.
Michael Moyers also finished the game with two runs on two hits. Jace Hamilton finished the night with two hits, two runs and two RBIs.
Lake scored three runs without an official hit. He reached base on a walk and two errors. Darrin Robertson had three RBIs during the game to go along with his two runs.
Campbell County tallied only one hit during the game.
The Panthers struck first in the bottom half of the first. Cannon reached first on a single before scoring on the Merrifield RBI to give Cumberland Gap a 1-0 lead at the end of one.
The Cougars were able to tie the game in the top of the second, but that was as close as the team would get to the lead. The Panthers went on a 10-run rally in the bottom half of the second.
Lake, Murphy and Brady Pearman crossed home plate with two outs on the board to give Middlesboro a 4-1 lead. Cannon scored after reaching first on a single to widen the margin to 5-1. Dishner scored on an error to increase the lead to 6-1.
Merrifield and Moyers scored on a RBI double by Robertson to balloon the lead to 8-1. The Panthers scored three more runs before the inning came to a close to hold an 11-1 lead at the end of two.
The Campbell County defense couldn’t contain Cumberland Gap in the third inning either as the Panthers tallied six runs to secure the 16-run victory.
Cumberland Gap returned to action on Friday when they traveled to Barbourville.
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