Golden Eagles take care of Ridgewood

Robert Blackford/Editor
Golden Eagle Brian Shearer finished off the Ridgewood.

The Mercer County Golden Eagles picked up a Lincoln Trails Conference victory Tuesday, April 6 with an 11-5 victory over Ridgewood.

Mercer County improved to 2-4 overall with the victory and they are now 1-0 in the LTC.

Ridgewood scored one run in the first inning. It was a big improvement over the night before when Mercer County allowed eight runs in the first inning.

"Shaun Peterson got off to a rough start," said Mercer County head coach Nick Basala. He needed to get loosened up before the game. He watched their pregame for about 15 minutes and got stiffened up.

Brian Shearer came in and was excellent," said Basala. 

Mercer County scored twice in the bottom of the second inning. Kyle Pitman singled and Tanner Dunn followed with a walk. Both scored on a double by Caleb King.

Ridgewood came back in the second inning with three runs. The Golden Eagles escaped further damage when the inning ended on a 4-6-2-5 double play with the bases loaded.

Ridgewood left the top of the second inning with a 4-2 lead.

Mercer County bounced back in the bottom of the inning with three runs and took a 6-3 lead.

Each team added a run in the third inning and Mercer County held a 7-5 lead.

Mercer County broke open the game in the fifth inning with four runs. Ridgewood pitching gave up four walks in the inning plus hitting Pitman.

The four runs gave Mercer County an 11-5 lead which held up over the last two innings of the game.

"If they are going to give you something you have to take advantage of it and we did," said Basala.