Baseball: Mercer defeats Lincoln 10-3

May 14, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

Mercer County used a seven-run second inning and five scoreless relief innings by Justin Morgin to defeat Lincoln County 10-3 Thursday at Harrodsburg.

The game was tied at 3-all when the Scotties sent 10 men to the plate in the second. They had seven hits in the inning, including two by Brandon Scheller, and they had 13 hits in all.

It was the third straight game and the 11th overall in which Mercer (16-14) has scored in double figures.

"We have scored 31 runs in the last three games and are hitting the ball extremely well," Mercer coach Jeremy Shope said. "All our players are seeing the ball well and making good decisions at the plate."

John Wickliffe had three hits for the Scotties, while Scheller, Michael Bottoms and Evan Ethington had two each.

Wickliffe, Bottoms and Joe Collins drove in runs with first-inning hits to Mercer a 3-2 lead before Lincoln tied the game in the top of the second.


The bottom of the second featured a leadoff triple and a single by Scheller and hits by Morgan, Ethington, Wickliffe and Andy Potts.

After Kameron McRay pitched the first two innings, Morgan came on in the third and allowed only two hits over the final five innings.

"Kameron pitched well and Justin came in and shut the door. We will need them down the stretch," Shope said.

Lincoln's seven hits included a double by Logan Boyd. The Patriots also committed four errors, and Trevor Merriman took the loss.

Somerset 13, Danville 8 - At Danville, Danville (19-8) couldn't pull off a third straight rally after Somerset scored six runs in the sixth inning.

The Admirals, who came from behind to win their previous two games, tied the game at 6-all after Somerset took a 6-1 lead in the third inning, then gave up six more runs in the sixth.

"The last two days we've been able to come back and win games, but today we dug ourselves too deep a hole," Danville coach Paul Morse said. "With two innings to play, that's a pretty tall hill to climb.

"We've just got to do a better job coming out early in games and getting runs on the board ourselves and playing good defense and letting our pitchers work ahead ... and not giving up those big innings."

Jeremy Potts hit his first career home run, a three-run homer in the fourth inning that tied the game, but he also took the loss on the mound, allowing nine runs (eight were earned) on 10 hits in five-plus innings.

Potts was 2-for-3 at the plate, scoring three runs, and C.J. Lynn was 2-for-4. Rich Witten hit his eighth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning, and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, Ronnie Hawkins doubled and Davis Teater and Deshaun Warren singled.

Deangleo Durham went hitless to end his 19-game hitting streak.

Witten pitched two innings, allowing two earned runs and two unearned runs on four hits.

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T. Merriman, Tolar (2), J. Merriman (5) and K. Merriman, Boyd (5). McRay, Morgan (3) and Bottoms. W-Morgan. L-T. Merriman. 2B-Boyd (LC), Wickliffe (MC). 3B-Scheller (MC).



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