Lincoln beats Garrard, goes above .500

May 07, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

STANFORD - Garrard County's coach said the game didn't hold any special meaning for him, even though he was making his return to the field where he once played.

But it did hold some meaning for the home team.

Nearly three-quarters of the way through the season, Lincoln County made it over the .500 mark for the first time by blanking Garrard 10-0 in five innings here Thursday.

The Patriots (12-11) scored five runs in the first four innings, then doubled their total in the fifth to clinch their first winning record of the spring.

"We're building toward the end of the season, and you can tell we're getting better," Lincoln coach Jimmy Hill said.

Lincoln's success came at the expense of one of Hill's former players, Brad Woods, the first-year coach at Garrard who faced his alma mater for the first time.


"It's another game," Woods said. "That's my past, and it's over with. It hurts just because we got beat. It doesn't matter whether I went to school here. A loss is a loss."

Hill's team was too much for Woods' rebuilding squad on this day, but the Lincoln coach said he's proud of his protg.

"I think a lot of him, and he's going to do a good job over there," Hill said.

Hart pitches two-hitter, goes 3-for-3

Some of the best work in this game came from Lincoln's Chris Hart, who got one more hit at the plate than he allowed Garrard on the mound. He was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and he pitched a two-hitter.

"He had an all-around great day," Hill said.

The Lincoln coach was particularly pleased by Hart's offensive production, because the senior's average had been below .200 for much of the season.

"Chris had a bust-out day," Hill said. "He came through at the plate today. He's been struggling, but he's coming around."

Hart's two singles and one double accounted for almost half of Lincoln's hits. Logan Boyd and Kayne Merriman also had two hits each for the Patriots.

Lincoln scored in every inning but did the most damage in the fifth, when it took advantage of four hits, two hit batsmen, a walk and the last of four Garrard errors to take a game-ending 10-run lead.

"We scratched out a few runs here and there and put a few hits together at the end," Hill said. "That's what good teams are supposed to do."

An RBI single by Boyd and a two-run double by Hart were part of the Patriots' big inning before Merriman ended the game with a run-scoring single.

Golden Lions had its chances

Garrard (6-14) had its chances, too, but the Golden Lions couldn't capitalize. They loaded the bases in the fourth inning when Hart hit two batters - he hit five Lions in all - and Chris Clark doubled, but all three runners were stranded.

"It's 4-0 and we've got the bases loaded, and we don't score anybody. You don't have an answer for that," Woods said.

The Lions put their first two runners on in the top of the fifth but again came up empty when Hart picked one runner off, then got the final two outs.

"You can't beat anybody like that," Woods said. "We were in a slump (Tuesday) against Boyle County, and we carried it over today. We're a lot better hitting team than this."

Garrard's hitters sent only three balls out of the infield against Hart, who had eight strikeouts and threw only 62 pitches.

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