The Mercer 12U came ready to play this weekend as they were able to win two of three games over the weekend. Here is a recap.
Mercer fell to Anderson for the second time in the tournament. They had started the weekend off strong but their bats fell cold, losing 2-11.
Seth Caton started the game with a single and Cameron Owens brought him around with a double. Heath Shewmaker earned the RBI with a grounder to third, scoring Caton. Nicholas Brandenburg grounded to the infield and Owens and Shewmaker both got out on a double play. Will Nichols got on with a single, and Brandenburg scored on passed balls before Mercer closed their first at bat up 2-0. Brandenburg started on the mound for Mercer and struggled early. Anderson doubled, singled and got on base from balls before Mercer earned the first out. Anderson’s fifth hitter, CJ Hill, hammered one to left field taking over the lead 4-2.
Mercer and Anderson were evenly matched in the second inning. Mercer went four up and three down and Anderson went three up, three down with two ground outs to first baseman Wesley Jordan and one ground out to Brandenburg at the mound. The third inning was much the same, Mercer’s only hit came from Brandenburg and their defense stood strong with two strikeouts and a ground out back to the pitcher.
Richmond all-stars jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first scoring two runs. Mercer’s defense backed up pitcher Wesley Jordan, with a fielder’s choice from Caton at second to Owens at short, and ground outs to Shewmaker and Nichols.
Richmond pitcher Zakk Himes struggled from the mound walking Caton, Owens and Nichols. Nichols got caught on a fielder’s choice with Brandenbug at bat, but Caton scored putting Mercer on the board. Errors by Richmond allowed Mercer to get two more runs in before closing the inning with back to back fielder’s choice. Mercer went ahead 3-2.
Richmond scored one run in the second inning. Jordan walked only one batter, who stole his way around the bases. Mercer went scoreless and the inning closed tied 3-3. Mercer’s defense was strong at the top of the third, with three up and three down and their bats came alive.
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