Boyle loses 22-20 shootout to Somerset

April 04, 2004

Boyle County came up a few hits short Saturday in one of the wildest offensive shootouts ever played in the area.

The Rebels dropped a 22-20 decision to Somerset in a game that featured 10 home runs and a total of 41 hits.

Boyle (3-1) rallied after giving up six runs in the top of the first, but the Rebels couldn't recover after Somerset (2-1) put together another six-run inning in the sixth.

Still, they cut into a 22-16 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the ninth, and they had the tying run at the plate.


"I've never had a team give up 22 runs, but on the other hand, I don't know if I've ever had a team score 20 runs," Boyle coach David Camic said.

"It was an offensive day. The pitching was good, but guys just hit the ball."

Tyler Morris and Matt Engle had two home runs each for Boyle, which took advantage of a hard wind blowing out to right-center field by hitting seven of the 10 homers.

Seven players from the two teams had at least three hits each, led by Somerset's Justin Creech, who was 5-for-5 and put the Briar Jumpers ahead to stay with a three-run home run in the sixth inning.

Boyle was led by Morris, who was 4-for-4 with a two-run homer in the first, a three-run homer in the fifth and a triple in the seventh.

Engle and Andrew West each went 3-for-5, Engle with two homers and a double and West with a double and a homer. Phillip Dean, Brad Cloud and Jamie Robinson had two hits each.

Somerset batted around in the first, fifth and sixth innings and got four hits each from Nathan Bray and Andy Cole and three from Blake Yazel.

Boyle got four runs back in the bottom of the first after falling behind 6-0, then took the lead with a three-run second that started with home runs by West and Dean.

Somerset regained a 10-7 lead, but the Rebels scored four runs in the fourth, highlighted by Engle's two-run homer and a two-run single by Brandon Record, and five in the fifth to go up 16-13.

Boyle pitcher Jamie Robinson didn't survive the first inning, allowing six runs and retiring only one batter, but he came back to the mound after Somerset's Josh Thompson opened the sixth with a homer. Robinson gave up five runs in that inning and two more in the seventh.

"He seemed like he got his second wind back, and he was pumped up and wanted to get back in there," Camic said.

In 1 1/3 innings, Robinson allowed 14 runs - 11 were earned - on eight hits.

A solo homer by Engle, a two-run homer by Robinson and an RBI single by West brought Boyle within two runs in the seventh before winning pitcher Reed Sullivan closed out the game.


Boyle County 9, Madison Southern 1 - At Berea, Evan Teague and Cloud combined on a three-hitter as Boyle won its third straight game.

Teague struck out 11 batters and allowed only two hits and two walks in six innings, and Cloud closed the game with a scoreless seventh inning in which he struck out one and gave up a hit and two walks.

Teague had a two-run double in the first inning to start the Rebels' scoring, and consecutive singles by Morris, Record, Andrew Bertram and West started a five-run third in which West and Cloud drove in two runs each.

West and Morris finished with two hits each.

Pulaski County 3, Danville 0 - At Danville, Pulaski (1-0) scored all three of its runs in the fifth inning, while Danville (2-1) managed only two hits.

Joey Beldon went the distance on the mound for the Admirals, allowing five hits and striking out five. Four of those five hits came in the fifth inning.

"Joey pitched extremely well, but they put their hits together," Danville coach Paul Morse said.

An infield single by Ronnie Hawkins and a line drive by Ryan Funkhouser were the Admirals' only hits, although they got the tying run to the plate in the seventh before the final out.

"We're just looking to try to put a full game together, to get our pitching and defense and hitting all going at the same time," Morse said.

Franklin County 5, Mercer County 4 - At Bowling Green, Franklin pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to hand Mercer (0-4) its third loss in two days in the Bowling Green Invitational.

The Scotties led 4-1 before Franklin scored three runs in the sixth and the winning run in the seventh.

John Wickliffe's double was the only extra-base hit among Mercer's four hits.

Andy Potts, who came on in the sixth inning to relieve Kameron McRay, took the loss on the mound.

Mercer also lost 2-1 to Greenwood and 7-4 to Elizabethtown on Thursday. It had 14 hits in its three games, but only three were for extra bases.

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