When the 2016 season opened, the Harlan Green Dragons knew they had one established ace in senior Caleb Hogue.
As the season has progressed, they’ve found a couple of other solid and consistent pitchers, including junior righthander Austin Wilson, who improved to 5-1 on the season with a three-hit shutout Saturday in a 10-0 five-inning win over visiting Pineville.
“Austin pitched a great game. He kept us in it until we started scoring some runs,” Harlan coach Robbie Burns said. “Austin has thrown the ball real well this year. Both Austin and Andrew Saylor have pitched well this year, in addition to Caleb. I think we have more pitching depth than we’ve had in several years.”
Harlan (15-12) won easily despite collecting only four hits — one single each by Antonio Roman, Noah Busroe, Nick Jarvis and Sammy Moore.
“We’ll take it. We got some hits after a bunch of walks to put it way, but I’m a little concerned about our hitting. We’re not hitting it the way we should. We work on it every day. We have a week to put it all together.”
The Dragons broke open a scoreless game with the help of three walks in the third inning. Roman scored on an error.
Moore and Roman had hits in a five-run fourth inning.
Busroe and Jarvis contributed hits in a four-run fifth inning to end the game. Busroe and Jarvis had hits, plus the Dragons benefited from two walks and two hit batsmen. Busroe stole home for the ninth run and Kilian Ledford was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule.
Wilson struck out five and walked none as he pitched a complete game.
Harlan coasted past South Floyd 14-3 in five innings in the opener of three games Saturday.
Tyler Carmical pitched a complete game to earn the win, limiting the Raiders to one run in the first inning and two in the fifth.
Busroe had a big game offensively for the Dragons with a double and three singles. Caleb Hogue, Kilian Ledford and Andrew Saylor added two singles each. Nick Jarvis contributed a double. Brendan Miller added a single.
Harlan returns to action Monday at home against WIlliamsburg. The Dragons play host to Pineville on Thursday and close the regular season Friday at Jackson County
Pineville 000 00 — 0 3 1
Harlan 001 54 — 10 4 2
Byrd, Mason (5) and Woolum; Wilson and Jarvis. WP — Wilson (5-1). LP — Byrd.
South Floyd 100 02 — 3
Harlan 553 1x — 14 12
Carmical and Jarvis. WP — Carmical (1-2).
Whitley County 5
A five-run third inning was all the offense Whitley needed to edge the Dragons 5-4 on Friday in Williamsburg.
Caleb Hogue led the Harlan offense with three singles. Noah Busroe had a double. Andrew Saylor and Kilian Ledford contributed one single each.
Harlan took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out, two run single by Saylor after Hogue had singles and Antonio Roman had walked.
Pedro Roman was hit by a pitch in the second inning, moved up a base on Austin Wilson’s bunt, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out by Hogue.
Hogue singled in the fifth inning and pinch runner Tyler Carmical moved to third on Busroe’s double. After Saylor walked to load the bases, Pedro Roman brought a run home when he was hit by a pitch.
Harlan loaded the bases in the sixth inning but didn’t score.
Hogue suffered the loss as he gave up five runs (four unearned) in three innings with six strikeouts. Saylor pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Wilson pitched 2/3 of an inning without giving up a run.
Harlan 210 010 0 — 4 6 2
Whitley County 005 000 x — 5
Hogue, Saylor (4), Wilson (6) and Jarvis. Edmisten, Wilson (7) and Wilson, Edmisten (7). WP — Edmisten. LP — Hogue (3-5). Sv — Wilson.
Perry Central 11
The Dragons were limited to three hits in a loss Monday at Perry Central.
Jarvis had two singles and Hogue added one to account for the Harlan hits.
Hogue singled to open the game, stole second and scored Harlan’s only run on an RBI single by Jarvis.
Harlan 100 000 — 1 3 3
Perry Central 301 115 — 11
Hogue and Jarvis. LP — Hogue (3-4).
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