After splitting two emotional district games against each other earlier this week, neither the Harlan Green Dragons nor Harlan County Black Bears appeared ready to play in blowout losses Friday.
Harlan (11-7) gave up 10 runs in the first inning and visiting Whitley County rolled to a 23-3 five-inning win.
Harlan County (7-9) was limited to only one hit in a 10-0 five-inning loss at North Laurel.
North Laurel’s Dylan Messer faced only one batter over the minimum as he struck out four and allowed only one base runner, a leadoff single by junior catcher Brendan Rutherford in the fourth inning.
Freshmen Benjamin Lewis and Gabe Price shared mound duty for the Bears as Lewis gave up five runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings and Price allowed five runs on six hits in two innings.
Whitley capitalized on seven errors and quite a few walks in building a big lead early.
Andrew Saylor led the Dragons with two singles. Sammy Moore added a double. Antonio Roman, Nick Jarvis, Pedro Roman and Kilian Ledford had one single each.
Tyler Carmical, Ledford, Saylor and Antonio Roman all saw mound duty for the Dragons.
Both teams will play district games next week as Harlan is at home against Bell County on Monday and Harlan County plays host to Middlesboro on Thursday.
Harlan County* 000* 00* — 0 1 2
North Laurel* 401* 41* — 10 10 0
Lewis, Price and Rutherford; Messer and Martin. WP — Messer. LP — Lewis.
Whitley County* (10)13* 45* — 23 6 0
Harlan* 001* 20* — 3 7 7
Bryant and Caldwell; Carmical, Ledford (1), Saylor (2), A. Roman (3), Saylor (5) and Jarvis. WP — Bryant. LP — Carmical (0-2).