Harrison, Hornets down Panthers, 7-4

Published 10:00 pm Monday, April 25, 2022

By Jim Walker


COAL GROVE — Connor Harrison gave an example of sneaky fast.

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Harrison showed his speed along with his breaking ball as he pitched the Coal Grove Hornets past the Chesapeake Panthers 7-4 Monday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

“He pitched well. He had a little more velocity than usually. He usually relies on his craft,” said Hornets’ coach Blair Demetroules.

Harrison allowed only 5 hits, 3 earned runs, struck out 9 and walked just one. He also hit 2 batters.

Chesapeake took a 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning.

J.D. Daniels singled, Ryan Adkins was hit by a pitch and Hayden Blankenship doubled home both runners.

Coal Grove came back with a run in the second when Nick Abrams drew a walk, stole second and Joey Scarberry doubled.

The Hornets (2-11, 1-7) went ahead for good with 2 runs in the third.

Wes Runyon singled, Brady Lewis was hit by a pitch, Owen Johnson singled and Connor Harrison doubled home 2 runs.

The lead went to 4-2 in the fourth when Scarberry reached on a dropped third strike, stole second and third and came home on a hit by Landon Davis.

Coal Grove put together a 3-run rally in the top of the fifth.

Johnson singled, stole second, and scored on a passed ball. A.J. Daniels was hit by a pitch, and stole second and went to third on a hit by pinch-hitter Dylan Goad. Scarberry then walked to load the bases, a passed ball scored a run and Davis singled in the final run.

The Panthers got a run back in the bottom of the fifth as Kaleb Stepp got a bunt single, stole second and scored on a throwing error.

Chesapeake got it final run in the sixth Stepp singled and scored on a throwing error.

Coal Grove had 10 hits as Johnson led the offense by going 3-4. Harrison was 1-4 with 2 RBI, Daniels 1-3, Goad 1-1, Scarberry 1-3 with a double and RBI, Runyon 1-2 and Davis 2-4 with 2 RBI.

Stepp was 2-3 for Chesapeake.

Coal Grove 012 130 0 = 7 10 3

Chesapeake 200 011 0 = 4 5 0

Connor Harrison and Joey Scarberry. Jonathon Brammer, Nick Wright (4) Kaleb Stepp (5) and Hayden Blankenship. W-Harrison (IP-7.0, H-5, R-4, ER-3, K-9, BB-1, HBP-2). L-Brammer (IP-3.0, H-4, R-3, ER-3, K-3, BB-1, HBP-1). Wright (IP-1.1, H-3, R-3, ER-3, K-3, BB-0, HBP-2). Stepp (IP-2.2, H-3, R-0, K-4, BB-1). Hitting-CG: Owen Johnson 3-4, Connor Harrison 1-4 2-RBI, A.J. Daniels 1-3, Dylan Goad 1-1, Joey Scarberry 1-3 2B RBI, Landon Davis 2-4 2-RBI, Wes Runyon 1-2. CHS: J.D. Daniels 1-4, Adkins 1-2, Kaleb Stepp 2-3, Hayden Blankenship 1-3 2B 2-RBI.