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HARLAN EDGES BOONE IN BACK-AND-FORTH DUEL

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Second-seeded Harlan got just three hits but took advantage of two Boone errors to edge out the seventh-seeded Toreadors 5-4 in a Class 3A quarterfinal Tuesday night at Principal Park.

It was a back and forth battle as Boone struck first in the top of the second off a Jackson Smith triple and a Corbin Wafful sac-fly to make it a 2-0 game.

Harlan would turn around and cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the frame off a Boone error to score Connor Bruck, who reached earlier in the inning on a walk.

Boone starter Evan Appenzeller’s 5.2 innings of two earned runs was not enough to stifle the Cyclones, who capitalized on five walks and an additional error later in the game.

Harlan continued to tack on two runs apiece in the fifth and the sixth, as Jared Moser roped a two-RBI single, with both runs coming as unearned, to push the Cyclones ahead 3-2 in the fifth.

Cyclones starter Brett Sears toed the rubber for 6.1, giving up four earned runs on six with five walks and 12 strikeouts. Boone would get to Sears in the sixth, to bring another lead change off two singles, a balk and RBI groundout.

But the effort would come up just short, as Harlan sealed the win with a two-run sixth off a hit by pitch and two walks.

Connor Bruck took the mound to close out the win for Harlan, notching the save with 2/3 innings of hitless baseball to send the Cyclones to a Friday 11 a.m. semifinal matchup versus Waverly-Shell Rock.

 

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