HCHS sophomore Brett Sears pitched a six-inning no-hitter against the Lewis Central Titans Monday night at Jim Goeser Field, striking out eight and surrendering just one run for his third win of the year. Lewis Central shortstop Brendon Figueroa (10) is upended by Harlan Community senior Joshua Cheek on a stolen base during Monday’s Cyclone win. Figueroa landed hard on the infield dirt but was able to stay in the game. (Photos by Mike Oeffner) HCHS junior Ryan Doran (89) is greeted at home plate by Nick Foss (33) and Joshua Cheek (35) after clubbing a three-run homer in the second inning against Lewis Central.

Cyclones smash Titans behind Sears’ no-hitter

Doran home run caps early seven-run outburst; Sears takes care of the rest in 11-1 win over No. 6 LC

 HARLAN -- The player affectionately known as “Rook” by his coaches and teammates is starting to pitch like a seasoned veteran for the Harlan Community baseball team.
 Improving to 3-0 on the mound, sophomore Brett Sears fired a six-inning no-hitter against the sixth-ranked team in Class 4-A Monday night as the top-ranked (3-A) Cyclones stayed unbeaten with an impressive 11-1 home win over Lewis Central.
 Sears struck out eight in his second career no-hitter and was perfect aside from a spat of wildness in the fourth inning, when he walked four Titan batters to force in their only run.
 Sears, who previously no-hit Carroll in a rain-shortened five-inning game while making his varsity debut as an eighth-grader, said that Monday’s feat against a team like LC meant a lot more.
 “This is the first true [no-hitter],” he said. “(LC) is a good team, so to come out here and do that was special.
 “Fourth inning I kind of got out of control but I just needed to trust my defense. I know they’re one of the best defenses out there so I just trust them and it makes it easy on me.”

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