Lebanon Reporter

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July 20, 2012

Merchants start tourney off with win vs. Midwest

Indianapolis — The Lebanon Merchants (10-12) continued to roll in the opening round of the Midwest Prospects Baseball League playoffs, topping the Midwest Tomahawks 6-5 at Brebeuf Jesuit High School.

Ironically, that was also the score between the two teams in the season-finale Wednesday. And both ended the same way — in walk-off fashion.

“We have won six of the last eight — that is quite a roll,” Lebanon manager Ron Ebert said. “Even though I didn’t feel like we played very well today in spurts, we found a way to win. The guys just willed the way. We beat them the same way we did [Wednesday], in the last at bat. The momentum the last few years, midway through the year we just seem to turn it on. We are playing .750 baseball the last half of the year.”

The big key for the Merchants winning ways the last half of the season, Ebert said, was improved starting pitching.

“We found our pitching,” Ebert said. “We still aren’t hitting well, today we only had five or six hits, but we aren’t giving up any more than that either. Usually when you throw a six-hitter it is a shutout or only one run. But we are still able to get some wins.”

For more of this story, read Saturday’s Lebanon Reporter.

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