While the Harlem High School Bulldogs weren’t as crisp as head coach Jimmie Lewis would have liked, they were still able to come away with a win Friday night.
Playing host to the Laney Wildcats, the Bulldogs scored nine of their 10 runs with two outs, running their record to 6-8 overall and 4-0 in Region 3-AA with the 10-3 win.
“We played decent, we made an error or two to give a run or two, but give them credit,” said Bulldogs’ head coach Jimmie Lewis. “Coach (Jerry) Hunter’s really doing a good job, he’s got Laney playing. Last year they weren’t very good, this year they’re pretty competitive.”
The Bulldogs committed three errors behind starting pitcher Owen Price who allowed three runs, two of which were unearned. Price limited the number of plays his defense had to make as he struck out 12. He kept the Wildcats (3-5, 1-3) guessing all night with a sharp curveball and a fastball they couldn’t catch up to.
The Bulldogs led 2-0 after two innings and 2-1 heading into the bottom of the third.
Four errors hurt the Wildcats, starting in the third. With two outs, starting pitcher Omari Hunter (2-2) tried to pick off Hunter Rippe at third with two outs. The third baseman then threw the ball into center field trying to catch Bryson Serigney stealing second base and both runners scored, extending the Bulldogs’ lead to 4-1.
“That one inning we gave them two runs,” said Jerry Hunter.
The Bulldogs then broke the game open in the fifth inning pushing six runs across with two outs.
Jared Delagrange started the Bulldogs’ two-out rally by singling home Collin Beasley off Njike Hunter, who took the mound to start the inning for the Wildcats. Alex Thompson followed wih a double, and Conner Poole drove both home with a bouncer up the middle. Clay Decker singled home Poole from second. Hunter then issued four consecutive walks with Serigney and Beasley getting RBIs.
“I thought we should have ended it in the fifth, but we did what we had to do to win,” said Lewis.
Laney 001 002 0 – 03 2 4
Harlem 112 060 X – 10 9 3
Omari Hunter, Njike Hunter (5), Horatio Keller (5) and Njike Hunter and Jakoby Grey; Owen Price and Conner Poole
WP–Price (1-1). LP–Omari Hunter (2-2)
2B-Price (H), Dalton Green (H), Alex Thompson (H). Leading hitters: Harlem–Poole 2-2 RBI, Clay Decker 2-3 RBI
Records: Laney 3-5, 1-3 Region 3-AA; Harlem 6-8, 4-0 Region 3-AA. Next: Laney at East Laurens, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday; Harlem vs. Westside, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday.