Caleb Hogue struggled early as Harlan fell behind 8-5, but then the sophomore righthander put up zeroes over the next five innings as the Green Dragons rallied for a 9-8 win in 10 innings Tuesday at Harlan.
Harlan loaded the bases with one out in the 10th on singles by Jordan Turbyfill and Jacob Hensley sandwiched around a walk to Ben Abraham. Tye Patrick slapped a single through the left side of a drawn in infield for the game-winning hit.
Patrick had four hits to lead Harlan at the plate. Turbyfill and Hogue added a double and single each. Hensley singled twice. Jacob Clark, Noah Busroe and Abraham singled one each.
Hogue pitched the nine-inning limit, striking out two and walking five while giving up eight runs (four earned) on eight hits. Austin Wilson got the win as he struck out two and walked one in one shutout inning.
Harlan (16-12) travels to Williamsburg on Friday and closes the regular season at home Saturday by playing South Floyd at noon, Pineville at 4 and Barbourville at 6.
Perry Central022 400 000 0 — 8 8 1
Harlan014 030 000 1 — 9 13 5
Hurt, Pray (3), Baker (6) and Long; Hogue, Wilson (9) and Miller. WP — Wilson (3-2). LP — Baker.
After seeing the Green Dragons score a run in the top of the first inning, North Laurel answered with 15 runs, improving to 21-10 on the season. The Jaguars scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a two-run double by Austin Thompson and a two-run single by Austin Rudder.
North Laurel put the game away with 10 more runs in the third inning as 15 batters went up to the plate. Cole Lewis drove in two runs while Thompson, Ethan Maxey and Zach Hurley each drove in runs.
Lewis pitched the first four innings while Thompson sealed the win in the fifth inning.
Abraham led Harlan with two singles. Busroe, Hensley, Wilson and Brendan Miller added one single each.
Wilson suffered the loss as he gave up five runs in 2/3 of an inning. Patrick pitched the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing 10 runs.
Harlan100 00 — 1 6 2
North Laurel 50(10) 0x — 15 13 1
Wilson, Patrick (1) and Miller; Lewis, Thompson (5) and Maxey. WP — Lewis. LP — Wilson (2-2).