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Bulldogs tune up for battle in region

Posted: April 16, 2017 - 2:00am
Harlem pitcher Logan Gurley allowed two 
hits in five innings to pick up the victory 
against Jefferson County on Friday.
Harlem pitcher Logan Gurley allowed two hits in five innings to pick up the victory against Jefferson County on Friday.

While Harlem won its 20th game of the season Friday, the Bulldogs are focused on their next contest.
Pitcher Logan Gurley allowed just two hits as Harlem defeated Jefferson County, 10-0, in five innings.

"Tuesday is the deal," Bulldogs coach Jimmie Lewis said. "We've got to win Tuesday if we're going to win the region championship."
Harlem (20-7) entered Friday's play tied atop the Region 4-AA standings with Laney. The Bulldogs - seeking their 14th region title in Lewis' tenure - will travel to downtown Augusta to face the Wildcats at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the regular-season region finale.

Harlem began the month with a doubleheader loss to Greenbrier. The Bulldogs bounced back with a key region victory over Screven County and then a win over Washington County before notching their second win of the season against the Warriors (9-11-2).

"We're doing all right," Lewis said. "We're playing decent defense, we're hitting a little bit and getting pretty good pitching. It ain't nothing to write home to mama about. They're just working hard and trying."

Harlem got a big boost in the fifth inning with Brody Lane getting a pinch-hit at-bat. Lewis said Lane has three screws in his ankle after the center fielder underwent surgery in January. Lane missed the first 24 games before being cleared to play.
The senior Bulldog, who got an at-bat earlier this week, ripped a two-run single up the middle to push the lead to 9-0.

The next batter, Cameron Hatfield, ended the contest early with his bloop RBI single to right field.

"I just give him a pinch hit every now and then," said Lewis, who added he's planning to bring Lane along slowly. "I thought that was a good spot."

"He may add some pop for us in the lineup."

Harlem got on the board in the second inning when Noah Delagrange ripped an RBI single up the middle. The Bulldogs continued their momentum in the third.

Mason Spivey led off the inning with a single. Blake Teston followed with a walk. Jared Martin reached on a fielder's choice. Then, Carson Quattlebaum plated a run on an RBI walk. A Hatfield RBI ground-out scored another run. Later, a Jefferson County error led to another run. Harlem led 4-0.

The Bulldogs tacked on three runs in the fourth and fifth innings to close out the victory.

With the loss, Jefferson County is tied with Screven County for the No. 4 seed in the region. The Warriors play host to Josey at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in their final region game of the season.

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Harlem 10

Jefferson County 0, 5 innings

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Jefferson County; 000;00;0;2;3

Harlem; 013;33;10;9;0

Logan Gurley and Jackson Lonergan. Javan Parker and Parker Stokes. W-Gurley. L-Parker.

Leading hitters: Jefferson County - no one with more than one hit....Harlem - Cameron Hatfield 2 for 4.

Records: Jefferson County 9-11-2 (7-6 overall), Harlem 20-7 overall (12-1 region). Next: Josey at Jefferson County, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Harlem at Laney, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

 

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