Led by three hits each from Andrew Saylor and Caleb Hogue, the Harlan Green Dragons put together one of their best offensive performances of the season in a 16-6 five-inning win Monday over visiting Bell County.
The Dragons went through just about the entire Bell pitching staff, collecting 10 hits in five innings against six pitchers.
“We had some good hits today,” Harlan coach Robbie Burns said.
Sophomore right-hander Holden Williams pitched a complete game, striking out 10 and walking four while giving up three hits. Bell was held to two runs through four innings before three Harlan errors in the fifth inning allowed Bell to score four times.
Harlan ended the game by answering with four runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth.
Saylor had two doubles and a single to lead the 12-7 Dragons, who improved to 2-1 in district competition. Hogue added a double and two singles. Austin Wilson contributed a double and single. Nick Jarvis had a double, and Sammy Moore and Noah Busroe each added singles.
Brennan Murphy doubled for the 4-13 Bobcats. Jordan Smith and Jordan Wombles added one single each.
“I thought Holden threw a great game,” Burns said. “We just made some errors the last few innings. We can’t have that in tight games. The defense let us down late.”
Williams struggled with command early as Bell loaded the bases when Jordan Wombles and Ethan Brock walked and Collier Elkins reached base when a third strike got past Jarvis. Jordan Smith gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead when he ripped a single up the middle.
Jarvis’ RBI single brought in Hogue and cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the first inning.
Hogue led off a six-run third inning with a double. Busroe and Saylor followed with RBI singles. Wilson added a two-run single as the Dragons’ lead grew to 7-2.
Four walks and an RBI double by Saylor helped Harlan extend its advantage to 12-2 by the end of the fourth inning.
Harlan had all three of its errors in the fifth inning as Bell scored four runs. Murphy’s RBI double was the big hit of the inning for the the Bobcats.
The Dragons answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to end the game. Saylor led off the inning with a double off the fence in right. Two hit batsman and a walk, along with a single by Wilson, helped Harlan pull away again. Antonio Roman’s RBI ground out to second base closed the scoring and the game.
The two teams meet again Tuesday at Bell County.
Bell County* 204* 04* — 6 3 2
Harlan* 106* 54* — 16 11 3
Smith, Woolum (3), Wombles (3), Collett (4), Estes (4), Muncy (5) and Wombles, Woolum (3); Williams and Jarvis. WP — Williams (2-1). LP — Smith.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134