An Enterprise Staff Report
Fresh off of a sweep of Bell County, the Harlan Green Dragons continued their improved play with a near upset of 14th Region for Perry Central on Wednesday.
The Dragons took a two-run lead midway through the second inning, but eventually fell 5-4 to the host Commodores.
Dylan McNiel and Ben Abraham each singled to reach base in the second inning. Both runners later scored on an error in left field.
Perry answered with two runs in both the second and third inning, but Harlan cut the deficit to one with a run in the fifth.
Tyler Grubbs singled to start the offense in the fifth. Grubbs stole second base and later scored on a throwing error to third base.
Perry pushed the lead back to two with a run in the bottom half of the inning before Harlan again pulled to within one run in the sixth inning.
Abraham doubled to reach base in the sixth. He then stole third base and later scores on an out from Tye Patrick.
Abraham had a double and two singles to lead Harlan at the plate. Colby Wilson recorded a pair of singles. Grubbs, Zach Hollins and Corey Burns each added a single.
“Everybody made contact and hit the ball some tonight,” said Harlan coach Robbie Burns. “We are playing better and looking like a baseball team.”
Marshall Ward struck out two batters, while allowing four walks and three earned runs in 2.2 innings in the loss. Hollins recorded three strikeouts and gave up two earned runs in relief.
Harlan (6-15) returns to action Friday at Williamsburg. Perry Central (11-10) will host Clay County today.
Harlan 020 011 0 - 4 8 1
Perry Central 022 010 x - 5 9 2
Ward, Hollins (3) and Wilson; Luttrell and Sams. WP-Luttrell. LP-Ward.