Facing a 7-0 deficit after three innings with one of the 13th Region’s best pitchers on the mound is the almost impossible situation the Harlan Green Dragons found themselves in Tuesday at home against Middlesboro.
The Green Dragons then demonstrated just how resilient they’ve become this season by continuing to battle. They brought the potential tying run to the plate in the seventh inning before falling 8-6.
Middlesboro ace Tyler McCullough held the Dragons scoreless through three innings before Harlan started its comeback with a run in the fourth inning as Noah Busroe singled, stole second and scored on an error.
The Dragons added three runs in the fourth inning, loading the bases with no outs when Pedro Roman was hit by a pitch, Kilian Ledford reached on an error and Sammy Moore walked. Antonio Roman singled home one run, and Caleb Hogue walked to force in another run. Andrew Saylor’s ground out cut the deficit to 8-4.
Jacob Spurlock came in to pitch the seventh and quickly ran into trouble with a walk and error. Saylor doubled home two runs to cut the deficit in half. Matthew Mike then came in to pitch, striking out cleanup hitter Nick Jarvis to earn the save.
Saylor led the Dragons, who fell to 13-8 overall and 3-2 in the district, with a double and three RBI. Hogue, Busroe and Antonio Roman added one single each.
McCullough and Matthew Mike led the Jackets, who are 12-6 overall and 4-0 in the district, with two singles each. Logan Capps, Chase Elliott and Daniel Webb added one single each.
Jacob Wilson started on the mound for the Dragons and suffered his first loss as he was knocked out in the opening inning. Holden Williams pitched through the second inning. Saylor pitched the final five innings.
The two teams meet again Wednesday at Middlesboro.
Middlesboro* 214* 310* 0* — 8 7 5
Harlan* 000* 130* 2* — 6 4 3
McCullough, Spurlock (7), M. Mike (7) and J. Mike; Wilson, Williams (1), Saylor (3) and Jarvis. WP — McCullough. LP — Wilson (4-1). Sv — M. Mike.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134