Lebanon Reporter

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June 12, 2014

Strong hitting powers Merchants past Bandits

The Lebanon Merchants got off to a fast start Wednesday night and never looked back against the Indy East Bandits.

The Merchants first six batters of the game reached and scored and Lebanon never looked back in a 13-4 victory.

"That first inning was great and we probably could have scored a few more than that," Lebanon manager Ron Ebert said. "We went cold for a few innings there even though we had at least two runners on every inning, but we broke loose again in the last couple of innings. The bats are hot right now."

The Merchants are now 6-1 on the season, which is just more than two weeks old.

Ebert said he is happy with the start.

"Pitching has been the big key," Ebert said. "We loaded up on pitching this year, we actually thought we had too many at one time. We have 25 guys and 11 of them are strictly pitchers. That is a little top heavy on the pitching. We have picked up a couple other players, Jackson Bennett came straight over from Lebanon and he did a good job tonight and we are going to get a couple more guys from Lafayette. Those new position players will bolster us."

As is custom with the Merchants, a summer league team, the roster has some new faces from last year.

The split between returners and new players is about 50/50, but you wouldn't be able to tell that, Ebert said.

For more of this story, read Thursday's Lebanon Reporter.

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