Wolverines’ Big Fifth Inning Propels Them Past Titans
On Saturday, May 6, 2023, the Mercer County Lady Titans lost the lead late in a 15-6 defeat to the Western Hills Lady Wolverines. Western Hills trailed 6-5 in the top of the fifth inning when Alli Jones doubled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring two runs.
Mercer struggled going down 2-0 early, but they made up for it when third baseman Hannah Beasley made the first out. Shortstop Peyton Boyd secured the second out and the final out came on a strikeout from Ella Davis, who started in the circle for Mercer.
Beasley hit a single at lead off. KJ Sutton advanced her with a single of her own. Kallise Gammon and Haylee Ransdell were both walked and it brought a runner home to put the first points on the board, 2-1. Boyd crushed a double and picked up two RBIs and scored Gammon and Sutton. Mercer then had three straight outs, but led, 3-2.
Boyd connected with Ashley Howard at first for the Lady Wolverines’ first out. Lauren McGaughey hit a home run and brought a runner in, but the Titans didn’t let that discourage them, and closed the inning with two flyouts to Gammon and Madisynn Griffin.
Griffin singled to start the bottom of the second. Beasley’s single pushed Griffin to second. A pop-up and fielders’ choice gave the Titans two outs. Ransdell cranked out a double to score Beasley. Boyd brought Ransdell and Sutton in with a single making the score 6-4. A fly ball to left field ended Mercer’s run in the bottom of the second.
The Titans gave up another home run to Karrington Briscoe. But once again, they rallied and made three straight outs. Howard, in to pitch, had two strikeouts and Boyd scooped up a grounder at short and beat the runner out at first connecting with Davis. Mercer held on to the lead, 6-5, at the bottom of the third.
This time at bat, Mercer struggled at the plate with three straight outs.
The Titans are back on the diamond tonight, Thursday, May 11 at 6:15 p.m. against Southwestern. They wrap up their regular season play at home against Henry Clay Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m.