Lebanon Reporter

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July 3, 2014

Merchants bats explode in blowout of Tomahawks

For the first three innings Wednesday night, it looked like the Lebanon Merchants were on their way to a second blowout loss to the Midwest Tomahawks in eight days. But then things turned around. After trailing 5-0 after three innings, Lebanon outscored Midwest 15-0 the rest of the way and won 15-5. "We were hitting the ball early on, we just didn't score," Lebanon manager Ron Ebert said. "And they weren't getting many hits, but we had four errors that allowed them to score. We didn't have much intensity coming into the game. We had to pick it up and we started finding holes and started to find our power. When you hit three home runs, especially with guys on, it turns the game around in a hurry." The Tomahawks scored one in the first and four in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Neither team scored in the third, and the Merchants got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when Ben Prichett hit a sacrifice fly that scored Andrew Eiler. The game completely changed in the bottom of the fifth. Nick McCormick walked to lead off the inning and Colton Stephenson followed with a 2-run homer to make it 5-3. Evan Kennedy walked and two batters later Eiler hit a 2-run homer of his own to tie the game. Ty Foster would add a third Merchants homer in the seventh inning. The three home runs were more than the rest of the year combined. "We had only hit two home runs coming into this game and then had three tonight," Ebert said. "Midwest is a good ball game too. We were able to find our power tonight. The homer that Foster hit, went over the second fence in right field." The Merchants carried the momentum into the sixth inning and put the game away. For more of this story, read Thursday's Lebanon Reporter.

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