If Monday’s game is any indication, Caleb Hogue is getting really close to being Caleb Hogue again, which is a very good sign for the Harlan Green Dragons.
Hogue, who is working his way back from a knee injury suffered in late July, drove in the first run of the game, scored the second and held visiting Lynn Camp scoreless as the Green Dragons claimed a 2-0 win.
“Caleb looked good. I thought he was in control the whole game,” Harlan coach Robbie Burns said. “Once we get our hitting going, we’ll be better, and I think that will come around.”
Hogue, a senior righthander, scattered four hits while striking out seven and walking none.
He was locked in a pitchers’ duel for much of the game with Lynn Camp’s Dylan Brown, who gave up only five hits but couldn’t overcome five errors by his defense.
“Dylan has pitched really well, but he’s gone against some good teams and had some games like this where he pitched well and didn’t win,” said Lynn Camp coach Marc Estep. “He pitched well enough to win. We just made too many mistakes.”
Lynn Camp, now 5-7 after posting a 3-25 mark in 2015, is one of the 13th Region’s most improved teams.
“We’ve lost a lot of close games, including a one-run game the last time we played Harlan,” said Estep, a 1988 Harlan graduate. “We still have to learn to win games like this. I think if we could win one, it could help us win more.”
While Lynn Camp was struggling with defense, Harlan played an error-free game. Sophomore third baseman Pedro Roman led the defense with six assists.
“Pedro played a great game,” said Burns.
Junior first baseman Austin Wilson led the Harlan offense with a double and single. Antonio Roman added a double. Hogue and Pedro Roman contributed one single each.
“Austin is hitting the ball real well,” Burns said. “I thought about having him bunt his last time up with a runner on base. He hit it hard then, just right at the shortstop.”
Harlan threatened in both the third and fourth innings but Brown was able to work around errors to keep the Dragons off the board.
The Dragons finally broke through in the fifth when Antonio Roman doubled off the glove of center fielder Eric Mitchell, then scored on a hit by Hogue. Andrew Saylor reached base on an error to bring in Hogue. Harlan had two runners on when Wilson hit a line drive to shortstop Matthew Mays that was turned into a double play.
Mitchell, Caleb Gray, Dylan Guinn and Eric Emery had one single each for Lynn Camp.
Harlan (8-5) returns to action Thursday in a doubleheader at home against Twin Springs, Va.
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Brown and T. Emery; Hogue and Jarvis. WP — Hogue (2-1). LP — Brown.
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