Harlan players compete in tourney with Kentucky Hustle


Eli Freyer, Baylor Varner and Brody Owens are members of Kentucky Hustle and played in a tournament over the weekend in Charleston, S.C.

Three members of the Harlan Middle School baseball team — eighth-graders Baylor Varner and Brody Owens and seventh-grader Eli Freyer — played in the Palmetto Clash over the weekend at Shipyard Park in Charleston, S.C., as a member of the Kentucky Hustle.
The Kentucky Hustle includes seven players from South Laurel and four from Harlan. Jaxson Perry is also part of the team but was unable to make the trip to South Carolina. The tournament featured teams from South Carolina, North Carolina, George and Kentucky.
Kentucky Hustle defeated the Carolina Reapers 15-1. Freyer had two singles, scored twice and added an RBI. Varner had a double and scored twice. Owens added a single with two RBI and a run scored.
Kentucky Hustle defeated the Red Line Raiders 9-3. Owens had a double while Varner and Freyer added singles. All three scored runs while Freyer and Owens added one RBI each.
Kentucky Hustle defeated the Carolina Reapers 6-4 in tournament play as Varner and Freyer each scored runs and Freyer struck out three and walked one in 1 1/3 innings on the mound.
Kentucky Hustle lost 10-0 to Showcase Baseball Academy in the championship game. Owens started on the mound and pitched two innings. Varner pitched the final inning.