Garrard rallies to beat Danville

Burgin beats Sayre

April 20, 2004

Garrard County erased Danville's early lead with a four-run sixth inning, and the Golden Lions held on in the late innings for a 9-8 win Monday at Danville.

The Admirals led 3-0 after two of their first three batters homered, but they couldn't come back after Garrard used its big inning to go up 8-3.

"They came out and played hard the whole game; our players just seemed a little lackadaisical," Danville coach Paul Morse said. "We just kind of put it on cruise until the fifth inning and got behind and didn't have enough time to catch up."

Danville's three pitchers walked eight batters and hit two more.

"We put a lot of extra baserunners on, and that cost us," he said. "And we had a lot of mental errors that cost us three other runs, guys getting picked off and making silly mistakes."


Losing pitcher Nate Uslin allowed seven runs, five of them earned, on three hits and seven walks with six strikeouts in 31/3 innings.

Taylor Suttles allowed one run on two hits in 12/3 innings, and Ronnie Hawkins gave up one run on one hit in the final two innings.

Hawkins and Durham hit home runs in the first inning to start the scoring, and each finished with two hits, as did Ryan Funkhouser. Hawkins and C.J. Lynn drove in two runs each, and Alex Gash also drove in two with a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the seventh, when Danville pulled within one run.

Burgin 8, Sayre 2 - At Lexington, Sean Bottoms earned his first victory and his first complete game, going the distance on the mound to help Burgin beat Sayre at Castlewood Park.

Bottoms, who threw 134 pitches in his first start of the season, didn't allow an earned run and gave up nine hits and five walks and struck out seven.

"Sayre was a lot younger than we are," Burgin coach Terry Pitman said. "Sean had a hard time throwing strikes to those little batters ... but he did an excellent job for his first time out.

"With him pitching for us and hitting, we're a lot better ballclub."

Josh Carey led the Burgin offense with a 3-for-4 day at the plate with three RBIs. Bottoms was 2-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases, Zack Gross was 2-for-4 with a solo home run and Daniel Loane was also 2-for-4. Bobby Wylie drove in a run and Joe Harris stole two bases.

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