Harlan held off a late comeback to edge Bell County 4-3 in district action Tuesday at Log Mountain as the Dragons improved to 13-7 overall and 3-1 in district action.
Senior righthander Caleb Hogue pitched a five-hitter for the Dragons and shut out Bell until a three-run sixth inning that cut the deficit to one run.
Harlan played without three starters as catcher Nick Jarvis, third baseman Pedro Roman and pitcher/outfielder Holden Williams missed the game due to illness.
Tyler Carmical played well at second base and led the Dragons on offense with a double and a single. Andrew Saylor took over at catcher and contributed a double. Hogue, Noah Busroe, Antonio Roman, Austin Wilson and Brendan Miller had one single each.
The Dragons return to action Tuesday against Middlesboro.
Harlan* 000* 310* 0* — 4 8
Bell County* 000* 003* 0* — 3 5
Hogue and Saylor; Woolum, Murphy (5) and Wombles. WP — Hogue (3-2). LP — Woolum.