Nathan Pray pitched a complete game for Hazard. He allowed just three hits with five strikeouts and four walks.
“He played real well,” said Hazard coach Denise Davidson. “He stayed focused and didn't walk a lot of batters. When he did walk one or two, he came back and recovered, and did what he had to do.”
Hazard, which advances to the district tournament next week in Pulaski County, took a 9-3 advantage after two innings. All of Hazard's hits came in the first two innings.
Kevin Eversole led Hazard with two singles. Hunter Hardy followed with a triple. Pray, Joey Samms and Brandon Kilburn each singled once.
Dylan Brewer led Harlan with a double. Jacob Clark and Zach Doss each singled once.
“We just didn't hit the ball, and errors killed us,” Harlan coach Mark Duff said. “They made the plays when they had to and we didn't.”
Dylan Brewer started on the mound for Harlan, giving up nine runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings. He walked five and had one strikeout. Nick Cornett and Dakota Torstick each allowed three runs apiece. Mark Duff also pitched in the final inning.
Harlan took a 2-0 advantage in the first inning on a pair of Hazard errors.
Hazard scored five runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning to take a 5-2 lead. Harlan committed two errors in the inning.
Harlan cut the deficit to 5-3 in the second inning as Doss walked and scored on a Brewer's double.
Hazard extended the lead to 9-3 in the second inning on three hits and a Harlan mistake.
Christian Magnani was hit by a pitch and Doss singled to open the fourth inning for Harlan. Cornett grounded out as Magnani scored. Brewer reached on an error as Doss crossed the plate to make it 9-5.
Hazard put the game away in the fourth by scoring five runs, all on walks.
Tri-City won the Area 4 Tournament on Tuesday with a 9-2 victory over Hazard.
Harlan 210 20 - 5 3 3
Hazard 540 51 - 15 6 4
Brewer, Cornett (2), Torstick (4), Duff (5) and S. Ward; Pray and Eversole. W-Pray. L-Brewer.