Coming off their best season in a decade, the Harlan Green Dragons brought lofty expectations into the 2016 campaign.
After one game, it appears the Dragons have some work ahead of them to get back to where they were last May.
Harlan fell behind 10-0 after a half inning and could not recover as visiting Perry Central rolled to a 16-4 five-inning win Wednesday.
“We’ll get better. I saw some bright spots out of some of our younger players,” Harlan coach Robbie Burns said. “We didn’t play very well today though. We struggled early with too many walks.”
Senior catcher Nick Jarvis led the Dragons at the plate with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Caleb Hogue contributed a double. Andrew Saylor added a single.
Hogue, Harlan’s ace the past two years, struggled early in Perry Central’s 10-run first inning as he works back from a knee injury suffered last summer.
Harlan got one run back in the first inning as Hogue walked, then moved to third on Saylor’s hit and scored on Jarvis’ double down the right field line.
Hogue walked and Saylor was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. Jarvis doubled in a run with a double, then Saylor scored on a throwing error by Perry Central catch Braxton Cottongame.
Hogue doubled in the fourth inning and scored when Saylor was safe on an errant throw from third base.
Three Dragons saw action on the mound as Hogue pitched 2/3 of an inning, followed by Holden Williams with 1 1/3 innings, Kilian Ledford with 2 1/3 innings and Saylor with 1/3 of an inning.
Harlan (0-1) returns to action Friday at South Laurel.
Perry Central (10)03 12 — 16 8 1
Harlan 102 10 — 4 5 0
Hurt, Conley (3), Cottongame (5) and Jarvis; Hogue, Williams (1), Ledford (3), Saylor (5) and Jarvis. WP — Conley. LP — Hogue (0-1).
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134