Golden Lions rout Burgin in five

May 02, 2004|MARTY WARREN

LANCASTER - It wouldn't have mattered if Burgin had put 15 players in the field against Garrard County, the Golden Lions were determined to find every gap in the Bulldogs' defense.

The host Lions (9-5) collected 17 hits - including four from catcher Brittany Gilbert - and pushed across seven runs in the third inning to defeat the Bulldogs 13-1 here Friday.

Brittany Lane chipped in with three hits while Abby Parsons, Sara Carrier and Kia Howard added two hits each. Winning pitcher Tiffany Meadors and Parsons combined to throw a one-hitter, a second inning single by Amanda Cocanougher, although Burgin hit the ball hard throughout the game only to hit it right at Garrard's defense.

"Garrard's a good team and we knew that coming in," Burgin coach Matt Grimes said. "They managed to hit all the gaps tonight and we didn't have an answer. Sometimes it looked like we had five players on the field and they had 20.


"They hits all the holes and we hit it right at them. It's sort of like trying to prepare for Mercer County's press in basketball. It didn't matter how many players we had out there, they were determined to get on base."

Extra batting practice helped Garrard

Garrard coach Ernie Browning said the Lions had not hit the ball well in about a week, and a little extra batting practice seemed to give Garrard some confidence.

"We have been working extremely hard in practice at keeping our bats back and it paid off today," the Garrard coach said. "We're trying to become more aggressive at the plate."

Garrard wasted little time getting on the scoreboard by scoring three times in the first inning. Lane led off with a double to left, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Gilbert single. Gilbert scored on a ground ball out and Meadors, who reached base on a walk, scored on Carrier's single.

Garrard added a single run in the second when Jamie Speake, inserted into the lineup when right-fielder Sydney Napier injured her knee, singled home Howard.

Browning said moving Howard from right field to first base was a key to the win.

"We needed a big target at first, and Kia played well for us," Browning said. "She made almost all the plays in the field and hit the ball extremely well for us."

Howard tripled home two runs while Lane, Parsons and Gilbert added RBI singles during the seven-run third inning to give Garrard an 11-1 advantage.

The Lions added two more runs in the fourth and the game ended after the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.

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