Base-running errors, a dropped fly ball and a tough day at the plate did not make for a happy scene for Harlem players Friday.
Bulldogs coach Jimmie Lewis lit into his team after a 3-2 win against Washington County to open subregion play.
"You going to play like crap, (you're) going to pay the price," Lewis yelled at his team as it ran bases after the game.
If not for pitcher Derek Clayton, the Bulldogs might have lost.
Clayton struck out eight and limited Washington County to three hits. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Clayton also balked in a run during the second inning, after the runner reached on a throwing error by third baseman Mike Leverett.
Clayton led off the fourth with a single, but his courtesy runner was later thrown out at third on a ground ball to short with no one else on base.
Evans prepares for long week
The game was a blowout, one Evans could have wrapped up early.
Coach Ricky Beale subbed his younger players Thursday, and they played the remainder of the Knights' 11-2 win against Washington County.
The win was probably the last "gimme" on the Knights' schedule for a while.
Beale's team plays at Lakeside today and then plays host to Greenbrier on Friday as subregion play begins.
"We're going to find out where we're at this week," Beale said. "We're not looking past anybody."
Beale wasn't pleased with the way his team played while being swept by Harlem earlier in the season and vowed things would change.
The Knights responded by winning three of their next four games to improve to 8-4 as of Friday.
'We're playing a whole lot better defensively," Beale said after the win over Washington County. "It was a big team effort."
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