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Merritts comes back


Written by: Tom Vaughan
Monday, May 3, 2004

This Saturday, Merritt's Citgo recorded their 2nd win in 3 games in the Babe Ruth League.

Down 3 to nothing in the bottom of the third, things didn't look good for Merritt's. Ryan Sudeck had been pitching well, allowing only 1 baserunner in the first 2 innings. But in the third, Lattimer and Sons hit 2 singles and drew 2 walks, scoring 3. Ryan got the last batter to pop out to Matt McDonald at 2nd base, stranding a runner at second and minimizing the damage.

The bats finally woke up for Merritt's in the top of the fourth inning. Kevin Hickey, Kevin Kempton, and Matt Rosenfield hit singles, adding to 5 walks and scoring 6 runs. Kevin Kempton pitched 2 strong innings, playing in his first game of the season after coming off the injured reserve list. After walking the first batter he faced in the fourth inning, Kempton caught him napping at 1st and forced him into a rundown, where he was tagged out at 2nd.

Although Kevin Kempton gave up only one hit in the fifth, 2 errors enabled Lattimer and Sons to load the bases. Tommy Vaughan handled a line drive at 2nd base and threw out the batter to end the inning.

Kevin McDowell closed out the sixth inning with 2 strikeouts and an infield pop-out.

But the big story of the night was Kevin Hickey, who reached base in all 4 plate appearances, going 3 for 4 with 2 singles, a monster triple, scoring twice and knocking in a bunch of runs (sorry... I lost track). He did everything but sell tickets.

Merritt's had a very strong effort from every player. There were 10 outs recorded by the fielders, with only 3 defensive errors. Lattimer and Sons played well in the field also, with only 3 errors. The final score was 13 to 3.

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