Harper opens baseball season

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Harper baseball started its season in the loss column.

The Longhorns led heading into the top of the sixth but dropped its season opener to Sonora, 4-2, on Monday, Feb. 24, at home.

Harper allowed a run during the first inning but held the Broncos scoreless for the next four frames.

The Longhorns’ lineup drove a pair of runs across during the fourth, with freshman Jackson Davis driving in junior Joel Helfrich and sophomore Wesley Marbach bringing in Davis to make it 2-1.

The score held until the top of the sixth, when Sonora plated three runs.

Harper had one more chance to tie or win but failed to bring home any runs.

Junior Ethan Crawford, junior Colton Porter and senior Kelton Marek combined to pitch six inning and strike out seven batters.

Jackson Davis doubled for Harper’s lone extra-base hit.

Marek and Porter had Harper’s other two hits.

Next up for Harper is the Harper Baseball Tournament on Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27-29.

Harper has games at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Thursday and 12:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

Junior varsity plays at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday.