Boyle's offense too much for Burgin

April 02, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

It was the area of greatest concern for Boyle County going into the season, but the Rebels' offensive production in the early days of the season indicates there might have been nothing to worry about.

The scoreboard at Boyle registered double digits on the home side for the second time in as many games Tuesday as the Rebels rolled to a 12-2 victory over Burgin.

Boyle has scored 22 runs in its first two games, and while the Rebels surely can't reach double figures every time out, coach David Camic said they can continue to improve at the plate.

"The more at-bats we get with a young team, we're going to get better offensively," Camic said. "Going into the season, I knew we'd play defense and we were going to pitch well."


And they've been working on the other thing.

"We've been working hard. I know I haven't had a day off for a while," said Boyle sophomore Phillip Dean, who went 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

Rebels lost seven seniors

Camic said he knew he had capable players to take the place of the seven seniors the Rebels lost after last season, but he wasn't sure how well those players would hit

"We've got potential, but we need experience," Camic said. "Our main thing is just trying to find out who can play."

The mix must have been right Tuesday, as Boyle (2-0) collected 12 hits and used a nine-run fifth inning that contained five of those hits to end the game on the 10-run rule.

"It took us a while to get adjusted tonight, but once we did, we did a pretty good job at the plate," Camic said.

Burgin (0-2) never did get untracked, producing only single runs in the fourth and fifth innings off Boyle pitcher Andrew Bertram.

"He's probably one of the better pitchers around here, and he was on his mound in his ballpark," Burgin coach Terry Pitman said. "It's going to come for us."

Burgin built a 2-1 lead while Boyle struggled against the Bulldogs' starter, Daniel Howard.

"Guys were finding it hard to adjust to him, because he's slower than what we're used to facing," Dean said.

Dean's two-run single gives Boyle the lead

But Dean's two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning gave the Rebels the lead, and Howard was replaced by Sean Bottoms for the start of the fifth inning. Bottoms allowed five straight Rebels to reach base after retiring the first two he faced. He gave up only one hit - a two-run double by Dean - but was charged with five runs after walking three batters, hitting one and throwing four wild pitches.

Jordan Darland then relieved Bottoms and walked the first batter he faced before giving up a single to Evan Teague, a double to Tyler Morris, a triple to Matt Engle and a single Jamie Robinson, each of which drove in a run that allowed Boyle to stretch its lead to 10 runs.

"We struggled at the plate at the beginning, but we pulled together as a team and started getting base hits," Dean said.

Teague, Engle and Robinson finished with three hits each for the Rebels.

Darland was the only Burgin batter with more than one hit, as he went 2-for-3 off Bertram, who walked only one batter and hit one batter in a 67-pitch outing.

"Bertram threw the ball well today," Camic said.

Burgin will now turn its focus to some of its biggest games of the year, the three games it will play in the 12th Region All "A" Classic Monday and Tuesday at Danville.

"We'll be ready to play against Danville (in the first game) Monday," Pitman said. "We didn't get to play in the All 'A' last year, and we definitely want to be ready this year."

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