BASEBALL - East County comes on late to beat Liberty on mercy rule
After getting off to a slow start, the East County Knights eventually broke through and routed the Liberty Falcons 14-2 on Wednesday night in summer baseball action.
After four innings of play, the Knights trailed 1-0 and had failed to notch a single hit despite Liberty's lack of control on the mound. After drawing three walks to load the bases in the third inning, a fielder's choice and a strikeout left the Knights scoreless.
Things turned around in a big way in the fifth inning.
After drawing four more walks to open the inning (one baserunner was caught stealing at second), Travis Peterson notched the first hit of the game, tying the game at 1-1.
After the next batter sent a sacrifice fly into the outfield, the Knights lined an easy fly ball into leftfield that was misplayed by the Falcons leading to two more runs. In total the inning consisted of five walks, one hit, and an error as the score stood at 4-1.
The sixth was more of the same for the Knights as the first three batters got on base with a walk, a bunt single, and a hit-by-pitch. All three runners would eventually come around to score after an error, a sacrifice fly and a balk put the score at 7-1.
Look for extended game coverage in the June 11 edition of The Outlook.