Mercer County capitalized on seven Henderson County errors in a 7-2 victory Friday to advance to tonight’s championship game of the Forcht Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament.
The Titans (30-9) broke the game open in the bottom of the third inning, when they sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs on five hits and two errors by the Colonels (31-9).
“The third inning cost us — things we don’t usually do,” Henderson County coach Nathan Isenberg said. “Outside of the third inning, I thought we outplayed them, but that’s the way baseball is.”
J. T. Long went the distance for Mercer County, striking out six.
“Coming into this game I felt great,” he said. “I had my stuff. It felt good.”
Mercer County third baseman Jon Banks went 2 for 4 with one RBI and a run scored.
“It feels good. I’m confident as ever,” Banks said. “I’m just glad I could do something to help my team win.”
Chris Goodman added two hits and scored twice for the Titans.
“You just go out, have fun with it and go play,” Mercer County coach Jeremy Shope said about the title game. “Just go have fun and play it and see what happens. Win, lose or draw, the sun’s going to come up the next day.”