The Harlan Green Dragons weren’t able to close out Bell County in a 52nd District contest on Monday. The Dragons led by two entering the final frame, but left with an 8-5 loss just two innings later.
Bell County opened the scoring with a run in the second inning.
Jacob Rose drew a walk to reach base. He later scored on a throwing error to first base.
Harlan took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Jordan Turbyfill started the offense with a single. Jonathan Risner was then hit by a pitch and Caleb Hogue followed with a walk to load the bases. All three runners scored in the inning.
Risner kept the Dragons up by two with a pair of spectacular diving catches in center field in the third inning.
Harlan extended its lead with a run in the fourth inning. Risner reached base on a fielder’s choice. Hogue drove in the run with a single.
Rose pulled the Bobcats to within two with a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Bell County tied the game with a pair of runs in the seventh inning.
Jeremiah Partin reached base after being hit by a pitch. Evan Brock followed with a single. Both runners scored on a Dylan Cox double to center field.
Hogue advanced to second base with no outs in the bottom of the seventh innning. However, the Dragons were unable to capitalize, and the game went into an extra frame.
Bell took full advantage of four Harlan errors in the eighth inning. The Bobcats scored four runs to pull away for the win.
“This is a young bunch. They aren’t used to success. I am just trying to teach them how to compete and how to win,” said Bell County coach Scott Chaney. “I couldn’t be more proud of them for competing. They showed a lot of character tonight. It is a heck of a win for this bunch.”
Harlan’s Dylan McNiel reached base on a walk and scored in the bottom of the eighth, bu the Green Dragons were unable to overcome the deficit.
“The errors killed us,” said Harlan coach Robbie Burns. “They took all of the momentum away from us.”
Hogue had two singles and drew two walks to lead Harlan offensively. Jordan Turbyfill added a single.
“We just had three hits the whole game. The runs we really scored were by errors. We can’t do that every game,” Burns said. “We didn’t hit the ball and then we made errors.”
Rose homered and had a single to pace Bell County at the plate. Cox contributed a double and a single. Brock had two singles, and Caleb Smith added a single.
Cox struck out seven Harlan batters in the start. Scotty Fields recorded one strikeout in four innings of relief to claim the win.
Austin Miller had a pair of strikeouts in five innings on the mound. McNiel fanned three in three innings of relief in the loss.
Harlan (11-6) returns to action today at Bell County (8-8).
The Green Dragons picked up a pair of wins over 14th Region foe Buckhorn on Saturday. Harlan downed the Wildcats 11-0 in the first game, and 2-1 in the second contest.
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Bell Co. 010 001 24 — 8 7 2
Harlan 030 100 01 — 5 3 6
Cox, Fields (5) and Jenkins; Miller, McNiel (6) and Patrick. WP — Fields. LP — McNiel.