Boyle starts season with win over Garrard

March 31, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Boyle County got an unexpected home game, and the Rebels made themselves comfortable from the start.

Boyle scored in each of the first five innings on the way to a 10-1 win over Garrard County Tuesday in the season opener for each team.

Rain Monday and Tuesday rendered Garrard's field unplayable, and the game was moved to Boyle Tuesday morning.

The Golden Lions looked like right at home early. Zach Doan led off the game with a single and later scored on a single by Lee Speaks. However, there weren't many more bright spots for the Lions. Garrard managed just three more hits, never had more than two runners on in an inning, and had five errors.

"We've started out good pretty much every game (including scrimmages), but we just have a couple bad innings where we don't hit the ball," Garrard coach Brad Woods said. "Tonight we just laid down and quit. We just died tonight.


"We're a young team, and I know this stuff happens, but these guys have more heart than they showed tonight. I don't know what was going through our heads tonight."

Boyle got even in the bottom half of the inning, but missed a grand chance to pour on more. Brad Cloud's double scored Andrew West and gave Boyle runners on second and third with no outs. However, back-to-back strikeouts limited Boyle's effectiveness and the Rebels ended the inning with just one run.

Engle leads off second with homer

Matt Engle's home run to lead off the second was the beginning of a four-run inning, and Boyle went on to score two more in each of the next two innings.

Boyle coach David Camic was pleased with his team's first full game, after the Rebels managed just three innings against Pulaski Southwestern Monday before rain washed the game out.

"We played well for what was, really, our first time out," Camic said. "We hit it. Our young guys hit it well."

Engle, a junior playing his first season on the varsity team, had two singles to go along with his home run. West had two hits and a walk, Andrew Bertram had two singles and two RBIs and all nine of the Rebels starters reached base at least once.

However, the team's two seniors may have had the most impressive debuts. Cloud reached base all four times he came to the plate with two doubles and two RBIs, and pitched two innings in his first-ever varsity appearance on the mound. Cloud gave up one hit and faced seven batters, retiring the others on groundouts.

He came on in relief of Jamie Robinson, who gave up one run and four hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked none.

"Jamie settled in and really found a rhythm around the second or third inning," Camic said.

Everyone on Boyle roster played

Everyone on the Boyle roster got in the game, and Camic said that's something he tried to do. He said with such a young roster, experience is going to be key.

Cloud said he was impressed by how well the younger players did under pressure.

"A lot of young players were stepping up," Cloud said. "They're going to get a lot of playing time, and they ought to be real good over the next couple of years."

Brandon Merriman took the loss for Garrard, giving up nine runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. Five of the seven hits he gave up went for extra bases and he also walked four and struck out three. Wes Pingleton came in and gave up four hits and one run in 2 2/3 innings. He struck out two Boyle batters.

Speaks had two singles to lead Garrard's offense.

The rematch of these two teams on May 4 will be held at Garrard County.

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