The Mead baseball team beat Rogers on Friday, 15-5.
It's still early in the season and the Mead High School
baseball team is learning some valuable lessons.
It doesn't hurt the Panthers are winning in the process.
Mead used a nine-run fifth inning to break open a close game
and beat Rogers High School, 15-5, in six innings on Friday evening at Mead
A two-run home run by Devin Marcy gave Rogers a 5-4 lead in
the fifth, but the Panthers responded with a vengeance. Mead plated nine runs
on seven hits in the bottom half of the inning to take firm control of the
game, and then scored two in the sixth to enact the mercy rule.
"I felt like we kind of hit a lull after the second
inning," Mead head coach Jason Reich said. "Rogers, give them credit,
they battled tough and they got some big hits and put themselves in the lead.
But I felt like it was a good lesson, it was a good lesson for our guys. We
have a real young team, as far as experience at the varsity lesson. So it was
one of those thing that they learned that we got to get after everybody. We
didn't and the middle, so we picked it back up and it was good."
Senior Gianni Luchini picked up the win for the Panthers
with 4 1/3 innings of relief.
"Gianni, he's a consistent pitcher, we've been coaching
him for a couple years now, between summer ball and school ball," Reich
said. "He's a guy that we know goes out there, throws strikes, stays
around the zone and competes. He had his good stuff today and was able to keep
them off balance."