10 Hermitage Hornet errors lead to 15 Crocker runs

CROCKER — The Hermitage Hornets (10-15) kept giving away runs, so the Crocker Lions (10-9) kept taking them on Wednesday during the non-league baseball game in Crocker.

Hermitage had 10 errors, yes, 10. All of those blunders led to 15 of the 18 Lions runs in a 18-5 win for Crocker in five innings.

“We took advantage of those errors and the many walks by their pitching,” Crocker coach Chris Long. “We showed good discipline by taking those walks and not swinging at bad pitches.”

The Lions had three errors that led to three runs.

“We made too many errors, but as long as we can out-hit our mistakes we will be fine,” Long explained.

Hermitage led off the game with a promising three-run first, taking advantage of a couple of Lion mistakes.

After the first batter reached on an error and then a double two batters later scored him. A passed ball scored another run and then another error allowed a run to trot home. That put the Hornets up 3-0.

In the bottom of the frame Ty Helms led off with a single and a few errors helped the entire lineup reach the batters' box. Runs scored on a sacrifice fly by Logan Wilson, a base hit by Garret Posten, an error and a base knock by Austin Bogle. When the dust settled it was 5-3, Crocker.

Helms struck out the side on 10 pitches in the second to give his team an opportunity to pad the lead, and they did.

Blake Neuman walked and then Wilson tripled into the left-center gap to score him. Seth Shoemaker walked and then stole second and third to put himself in a position to score when Austin Minor reached on an error.

Heading into the third, the Lions were up 8-3.

Helms lost his control for a bit in the top of the third, giving up a couple of hits and three walks to score two runs.

The Crocker bats got back to work in the bottom of the third.

Bogle started things off with a single, then Boorom and Helms reached on errors and scored Bogle. A passed ball scored Boorom. Wilson scored Helms with a sac fly. Brett Jones singled home a run after that to make it 14-5.

Helms rung up two and got the last batter to pop up to put up a zero in the top of the fourth.

A couple of base hits and several more errors plated four runs for Crocker to make the score 18-5 and give the Lions a chance to end the game on the run-rule in the fifth.

Helms made it happen, with two more Ks and a ground out to second.

Long said his pitcher really set the tone for the game.

“He had 18 first pitch strikes against the 24 batters he faced,” Long said. “That was key for us.”

Helms pitched all five innings, giving up four hits, five runs (two earned), four walks while striking out 11.

Crocker will take a trip to Newburg on Friday.

Long said it doesn't matter who they play, he feels like the Lions can take on anyone as long as they continue to play they way they have this week.

“When we score runs and hit the ball like we can, I feel confident against anyone we play,” Long said. “I feel like we are starting to hit our stride at the right time of the year.”