HAZARD — The Harlan All-Stars rallied twice, using a seven-run second inning and a 10-run fifth inning to defeat Tri-City 23-13 in the opening game of the District 4 Tournament (ages 9-10) on Saturday at Perry County Park.
Carter Howard was one of several Harlan All-Stars to have big days at the plate as he drove in four runs with a double and single. Bryce Helton and Triston Cooper singled twice each. Evan Blevins added a triple and Noah Lewis had a double. Colby Johnson, Isaac Kelly and Gavin Powers contributed one single each.
Nathan Shepherd led Tri-City, driving in four runs with a double and two singles. Braden Blakley added a double and single. Jonah Swanner singled twice. Justin Moyers, Jayden Gist, Trey Craig, Brayden Burton and Austin Roark added one single each.
Tri-City took a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Shepherd and Gist each drove in runs with hits against Helton, the Harlan starter. Shepherd had a two-run double in the second inning as the lead grew to 5-0
Harlan battled back in the bottom of the second inning as Cooper singled and Kelly walked before Powers brought them both home with a hit to center. Shepherd almost worked out of the jam with two straight strikeouts, but three errors opened the door for five more Harlan runs. Helton and Howard each had two-run singles and Cooper brought in another run with a hit.
Harlan added two more runs in the third inning on two walks for a 9-5 lead.
Tri-City scored six runs in the fourth inning to briefly go back on top as Roark, Blakley, Moyers, Shepherd and Swanner had consecutive hits.
Harlan scored run runs in the bottom of the fourth to go back ahead, but Tri-City pulled even again with two in the fifth on RBIs by Burton and Roark.
Browning’s three-run double down the line in right field was the big hit of Harlan’s 10-run fifth as a one-run lead grew to four on the two-out hit just off the glove of Burton. Howard added another two-run hit as Harlan ended the game via the 10-run mercy rule by scoring three runs on wild pitches and errors.
Harlan advances to the Area 4 championship game on Monday.
Tri-City 320 62 — 13 12 7
Harlan 072 4(10) — 23 11 1
Shepherd, Swanner (2), Moyers (4), Blakley (5), Smith (5), Gist (5) and Moyers, Blakley (4), Moyers (5); Helton, Cooper (4), Lewis (4), Howard (5) and Lewis, Browning (2). WP — Howard. LP — Moyers.