In the Titans’ first loss of the season to East Jessamine on April 9, where they only notched three hits, Mercer County’s bats were in a deeper slumber than the cave-dwelling creatures of the same name.
The next day against West Jessamine, those bats swarmed the Colts’ pitchers, tallying nine runs in the second inning on the way to a 12-2 five-inning victory.
“We’ve let hitting get into our head,” Head Coach Jeremy Shope said. “And I know we’ve got the ability, we’ve got guys that can swing the bat. We’ve mentally let the game get to us at the plate, and they made up their mind today that they were going to get out of it.
“We’ve not had that fire, and some seniors got a hold of them today and stepped it up and said things have to change. And they changed today. We just have to keep that intensity every game.”
The Titans trailed 1-0 after the top of the second before unleashing their barrage of runs at the plate.
J.T. Long started things off with a line drive single to left field. Brandon Doughty stepped to the plate next, sending the third pitch over the left field fence.