The Erie baseball team rallied late at home Friday to secure its first win of the season, coming back to take a 7-4 victory over Mead.
Trailing 4-2 midway through the top of the fifth inning and with starter Caleb Crites’ pitch count climbing, Erie head coach Harold Simmons went to his bullpen seeking relief. He received it in the form of junior Kyle Blount.
Blount came on to record the final two outs of the frame and also threw a scoreless sixth inning, allowing just one hit in the process. Senior Dylan Brink then closed things out with a scoreless seventh.
“We got (Blount) up and ready the inning before and he came in and got it done,” Simmons said. “And then we went to Dylan to end it.”
Erie (1-2) was able to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when the team tallied four runs off multiple Mead (2-3) hurlers. Tigers junior Kyle Leahy was in the middle of things, going 1-for-2 on the day with couple of runs. Zane Begano also went 1-for-2 with a run and a RBI.
Erie 7, Mead 4
At Erie H.S.
Mead 101 020 0 — 4 4 4
Erie 020 014 X — 7 6 3
W — Blount. Sv — D. Brink.
Erie hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Ramey 1-0-0-0, Jensen 3-0-0-0, C Brink 2-0-0-0, Blount 4-0-1-0, Crites 3-1-0-1, Leahy 2-2-1-0, Dotson 3-1-0-0, D Brink 3-1-1-0, Begano 2-1-1-1, Lee 1-1-0-0, Ogimachi 1-0-1-1. Totals 25-7-6-2.
Erie pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Crites 4.1-2-4-3-4-4, Blount 1.2-1-0-0-0-0, D Brink 1-1-0-0-0-0.