One day after suffering a hard-fought 6-4 loss at Perry Central, the Harlan Green Dragons bounced back with a leisurely 19-3 rout of visiting Red Bird in four innings Thursday.
Harlan collected 13 hits against three Red Bird pitchers, led by Corey Burns and Jordan Turbyfill with three singles each. Cory Chorak added a triple and double. Tye Patrick singled twice. Patrick Smallwood had a triple. Caleb Hogue and Austin Miller each added singles.
Burns pitched the first inning, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks. Chorak allowed one walk in one inning to earn the win. Austin Wilson struck out three in two hitless innings.
Red Bird sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the first inning and scored three times as Cameron Collett, Korrey Morgan and Sheldon Roberts each had singles.
Harlan sent 19 men to the plate in the bottom of the inning, scoring 13 times. Turbyfill, Burns, Miller and Smallwood had consecutive RBI hits. Chorak, Patrick, Turbyfill and Burns had hits in the second trip through the order, knocking out starter Sheldon Roberts.
Harlan added four runs in the second inning as Patrick and Burns each contributed RBI hits. Harlan scored two more runs in the third as Hogue and Turbyfill each had hits.
Jordan Baker and Evan Hurt combined on a five-hitter as the Commodores defeated Harlan on Wednesday. Baker struck out three and walked four in four innings. Hurt struck out five and walked two in three innings.
Ben Abraham, who sat out the Red Bird game, led Harlan against the Commodores with two singles. Hogue and Chorak added doubles. Clark contributed a single.
Miller pitched a complete game for the Dragons, giving up five hits with one strikeout and two walks.
Harlan scored first as Hogue led off the game with a double and scored on Abraham’s single. Clark singled in the third inning, moved to third on two wild pitches and scored on Andrew Saylor’s ground out.
Burns and Hogue walked in the sixth inning and both scored on Chorak’s double.
Nathan Pray caused problems for the Dragons out of the leadoff spot, scoring in both the first and third innings after being hit by pitches. He stole two bases each time, scoring on a ground out by Hurt in the first inning and a sacrifice fly by Austin Neace in the third.
Harlan (5-4) plays host to Barbourville on Friday before opening its district schedule Monday at Bell County.
Red Bird 3000 — 3 3 4
Harlan (13)42 4 — 19 13 1
Roberts, Smallwood (2), Collett (4) and Morgan; Burns, Chorak (2), Wilson (3) and Miller, Saylor (4). WP — Chorak (1-0). LP — Roberts.
Harlan101 002 0 — 4 5 3
Perry Central201 012 x — 6 5 1
Miller and Patrick; Baker, Hurt (5) and Long. WP — Baker. LP — Miller (1-2).