Head coach Adam Shartzer’s Titan baseball team had a knack for chipping away at leads and coming from behind to win games all season long. Although they made a furious comeback late in the game against Boyle County (24-11), they came up just short as they fell to the Rebels 6-5 to end Shartzer’s first season at the helm.
Senior Mason Hazelwood took the loss for the Titans, pitching six innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, one walk and eight strikeouts. After the game, Shartzer talked about his group of seniors and how they have set the foundation for his coaching future at Mercer.
“They left it all out there and they gave it their all as long as they have been in this program,” said Shartzer. “I told them after the game that these group of seniors definitely left their mark on the program for a positive and things they have done will be remembered for years to come.”
Sam Tiller earned the win for Boyle County, pitching seven innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, two walks and four strikeouts. It was Teller’s 11th win of the season.
The Titans jumped out to an early 1-0 after a RBI double by junior Joe Stoeckinger, scoring senior Seth Tatum on the play. After cruising through the first inning, Hazelwood ran into some trouble in the second. Tristan Helton scored the first run of the game for the Rebels, scoring off an error by senior Tanner Robins at second base.
The Titans had four errors on the day, compared to three by the Rebels. Shartzer said you can’t make errors if you want to advance against a very good Boyle County team.
“They capitalized on some of our errors and you know, good teams tend to do that,” said Shartzer. “Boyle County is a great opponent, and we knew they would be a different team than what we faced earlier in the year. We saw their number one (Tiller), and he threw a great game along with doing everything really well.”
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