Meridian Star

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June 24, 2014

Golden Spikes sweep Pirates

MERIDIAN — If simply reaching base were all the Meridian Golden Spikes and Mobile Pirates were looking for, both coaches had to be pleased with the results Monday evening.

Meridian issued nine walks, while Mobile surrendered seven walks and hit two batters, in a surprisingly low-scoring game considering the number of baserunners. The Pirates edged the Golden Spikes in hits, 4-3, but it was Meridian that came away with a 5-3 victory in the first contest of their Deep South League doubleheader.

“Mobile’s a good team,” Golden Spikes head coach Monty McMullen said. “They have a couple of D-1 guys on their roster, and we knew they were going to be good. We wanted to throw strikes and make routine plays, and I thought we did that well enough. We have our whole group here, so we were better defensively and through the lineup, so overall it was a good effort by everyone.”

Meridian starter Hunter Graham got the win despite shaky control through his five innings of work. He accounted for eight of Mobile’s nine walks and surrendered four hits while giving up three runs and striking out two.

“Hunter’s still a little rusty in between the layoff between the season and the summer, but he’s getting there, and he’s throwing a lot of strikes and throwing his curveball well, so we were able to keep him off balance.”

Mobile’s Bill Brown took the loss, giving up five runs on three hits with seven walks and two hit batters in 2 2/3 innings of work.

The Golden Spikes’ Josh Bonds pitched the final two innings for the save, giving up just one walk and striking out two.

“Josh does what he does — he comes in and throws strikes,” McMullen said.

Jordan Touro pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief of Brown for Mobile, giving up four hits and striking out two. Michael Druhan pitched 2/3 of an inning to finish the sixth.

The Pirates took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Evan Raybicki crossed home on a passed ball. But the Golden Spikes took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the frame on an RBI double by Marshall Boggs that sent home Blake Key and an RBI groundout by Will Myers that scored Xzavier Franklin.

In the bottom of the second inning, Meridian made it 3-1 on an RBI groundout by Luke Reynolds. In the bottom of the third, the Golden Spikes scored their final two runs when Key drew a bases-loaded walk that scored E.J. Perry and Franklin connected on an RBI single to score Matthew Russell.

In the top of the fifth inning, Ben Gann came home for Mobile on a throwing error to make it 5-2, and Logan Hill scored on a fielding error, cutting Meridian’s lead to 5-3.

Gann finished the game for Mobile 2-for-3 wiht a walk and double. Boggs was 2-for-4 for Meridian with a double.

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