Strong Start Helps Titans Cruise Past Burgin
The Mercer County Titans fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning to the Burgin Bulldogs Monday night, but they scored nine runs in the bottom of the inning, and cruised to a 17-2 victory.
Burgin came out of the gates looking like they were ready to get their first win of the season.
Leadoff batter Cooper Shearer reached base after an error. The following two batters, Zach Curtsinger and Jacob Burdine, were walked to load the bases with no outs. Mercer starting pitcher Nathan Parker struck out the next batter, but the Bulldogs got their first run when Jake Osbourn, had a sacrifice hit, scoring Shearer.
The Bulldogs added their second and final run of the game on their next at-bat, by Ridge Yeast. Yeast hit a shot up the middle that was mishandled by the Mercer County infield, which scored Curtsinger. Burdine was thrown out at home plate to end the inning.
It didn’t take long for the Titans to catch up and take the lead.
The Titans leadoff batter, Allex Gooch, reached base after being walked. The next batter, Tanner Robins, hit a double, which scored Gooch. Senior Layne Peavler hit a single on the Titans’ next at-bat and advanced Robins to third base.
Robins scored on a wild-pitch to tie the game during the next at-bat, in which Nick Bottom was eventually walked.
The Ttians took the lead for good after Peavler stole third base and eventually advanced home after a balk was committed by Burgin starter, Ridge Yeast.