Varner in control as Dragons down Bell
Will Varner followed a 17-strikeout performance in a win Saturday over Hancock County, Tenn., with a 13-strikeout night Thursday as Harlan (6-6) opened its district schedule with a 6-2 win at Bell County.
The senior right-hander gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits with 13 strikeouts and two walks to even his record at 2-2.
Kilian Ledford led the Harlan offense with two singles. Josh Knuckles had a double. Varner, Evan Browning and Michael Robinson added one single each.
James Smith had two singles for Bell County (4-6). Antonio Zachary, London Stephney, D.J. Estes and Cole Hoskins added one single each.
Smith allowed four runs on four hits in four innings on the mound, striking out six and walking four. Hayden Clark allowed two runs on two hits in three innings, with one strikeout and three walks.
The two teams will meet again Friday at Harlan at 7 p.m.
Harlan 201 021 0 — 6. 6. 2
Bell County 000 010 1 — 2. 6. 1
Varner and Knuckles; Smith, Clark (5) and Hoskins. WP — Varner (2-2). LP — Smith.
Perry Central rallied from a 5-1 deficit with a six-run fifth inning on the way to a 13-11 win Tuesday over visiting Harlan.
Ryan Couch and David Elkins led Perry Central with three hits each.
Will Varner led Harlan’s 10-hit attack with a double and two singles. Kilian Ledford added two doubles. Josh Knuckles singled twice. Jared Hawkins, Will McCarthy and Shane Lindsey added one single each. Knuckles, McCarthy and Lindsey drove in two runs each.
Michael Robinson gave up five runs (two earned) in three innings as he started on the mound. McCarthy allowed three runs on three hits in one inning. Varner suffered the loss as he allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Evan Browning allowed two runs as he recorded the final two outs.
Harlan travels to Bell County on Thursday and plays host to the Bobcats on Friday.
Harlan 410 113 1 — 11. 10. 2
Perry Central 104 062 x — 13. 12. 3
Robinson, McCarthy (4), Varner (5), Browning (6) and Knuckles; McAlarmis, Duff (2), Gayheart (6), Couch (6) and Cottongame. WP — Duff. LP – Varner (1-2).