The Bulldogs fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 17-0 loss to Mercer County Titans on Wednesday, April 27. The Bulldogs struggled to contain Mercer’s high-powered offense and senior Jonathon “Jono” Logdon’s no-hitter.
Evan Hart led the Mercer County Titans to victory by driving in four runs. Hart went 3-for-3 at the plate. Hart drove in runs on a double in the first, a home run in the third and a double in the fourth.
The first two at-bats were promising for Burgin. Senior Jacob Qualls struck out freshman Carter Devine and David Lynn caught a fly ball in foul territory at third base. But the spell was broken with a Bulldog error that allowed Mercer’s Will Johnson on base. Hart and Logdon both doubled driving in two runs before the Bulldogs’ Adrian Quiriz scooped up a line drive for the out at first.
Logdon began his spectacular performance for the day from the mound with three straight strikeouts to end the first inning with Mercer up 2-0.
Qualls earned his second strike out for the day and once again Burgin picked up the second quick out with a fly ball to freshman center fielder Casey Dodson. However, they couldn’t close out the top of the second. Devine and sophomore Andrew Tatum both had singles with hits to center field. With a runner on base, Devine joined him crossing the plate and the Titans added two more points before Burgin’s Jackson Smith caught the third out in left field.
Logdon was solid from the mound and sent three straight Burgin batters back to the dugout. The second inning ended with Mercer up 4-0.
Hart crushed a home run over left field. Mercer continued to score. Senior Andrew Sheperson added a single followed by a double by freshman Jeran Layton. Senior Seth Caton was able to get in on the action as a courtesy runner for Sheperson. Caton tore his ACL during basketball season and continues rehabbing the injury. Dodson and Lynn made two outs for Burgin and Qualls ended the inning with a strikeout, but the damage had been done and Mercer increased their lead 6-0.
The Bulldogs could not exact their timing on Logdon and the right-handed pitcher went three up and three down.
Mercer County tallied eight runs in the fourth inning. Eighth-grader Davis Tyler, Jeran Layton, Tatum, Johnson, Hart and Logdon each drove in runs during the inning. Dodson came in to relieve Qualls and got the first out of the inning when senior Eli Newby caught a fly ball at center field. Dodson earned the second out catching a fly ball on the mound. Qualls ended the inning with a play at second on a line drive. Mercer extended their lead 14-0.
The Bulldogs are back in action Thursday, May 4, when they travel to Casey County for a doubleheader at 5:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Friday, May 5, they are back on the road to Marion County with the first pitch at 6 p.m. Saturday, the Bulldogs are back at home when they face the Washington County Commanders at 11 a.m.