Burgin earns home win

Ads overcome errors

April 09, 2004

Zack Gross' solo home run in the first inning set Burgin on the way to a 4-3 win over visiting Model Thursday.

Burgin (2-3) led 1-0 after Gross' shot, but trailed 2-1 after giving up one run each in the second and third innings.

The Bulldogs answered with three runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning, taking a 4-2 lead.

A big defensive play by Gross in the sixth inning might have saved the win for the Bulldogs. Starting pitcher Daniel Howard hit the first batter of the inning before being replaced by Josh Carey. Carey hit the first batter he faced to put runners on first and second with no outs.

A deep fly ball to right center was caught by Gross, who then fired a strike to Howard at third to get the advancing runner.


Gross was 2-for-3, while Loane, Shane Trayner and Joe Harris each had one hit.

Howard gave up five hits and three earned runs in five innings, striking out one and walking none. Carey threw 20 pitches in two innings, facing seven batters and giving up two hits and striking out two.

Danville 11, North Laurel 9 - At London, unearned runs almost came back to haunt the Admirals, who hung on for the win.

Of North Laurel's nine runs, eight were unearned thanks to five Danville errors.

"Defensively, we have to pick up the pace," Danville coach Paul Morse said. "If we keep making these errors, it's going to be a long year. If guys don't pick it up defensively, you might see some younger guys getting more playing time."

Danville took a 7-1 lead with a six-run third inning, but gave up five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Danville led 11-6 going into the bottom of the seventh, but gave up three runs before closing out the game.

Joey Beldon was 3-for-4 with a home run, two singles and three RBIs, while Jeremy Potts had a double, a single and three RBIs. Ryan Funkhouser, Ronnie Hawkins, C.J. Lynn and Rich Witten each singled for Danville.

Deangleo Durham gave up six runs (one earned) on nine hits in five innings, striking out two and walking one. Beldon came on in relief and gave up three unearned runs on two hits and two strikeouts in two innings.

"We seem to be playing to the level of our competition," Morse said. "We have to develop that killer instinct and start putting teams away."

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