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WLNG
April 12, 2006

Mercy Bats Come A Calling


After dropping its League VIII opening game to Southold/Greenport, the Bishop McGann/Mercy baseball team won three straight league games to improve to 3-1 this season and currently is only one game behind first place Center Moriches.

The Monarchs have scored 43 runs in their last three games with their most recent power surge occurring last Friday when they defeated Smithtown Christian 23-2. In that game, Mercy's Brian Meier highlighted the day by going 4-for-5 at the plate with four runs scored, three RBI, and three stolen bases while starting pitcher Nick Petrie threw a complete game, walking none, and striking out eight.

The Monarchs overcame a four-run deficit back on April 3 to record their first win of the season, defeating the Clippers 5-4 in the second game of a three-game series. Ironically, in a game that is usually decided by hits, Mercy did not require one in the fifth inning, drawing four walks to snap a 4-4 tie with Mike Bieber's base-on-balls with the bases loaded proving to be the game-winning factor.

Then last Wednesday, Mercy won the Southold/Greenport series with relative ease, 15-5 behind the mighty bat of Meier, who collected four hits in five at bats and drove in three runs. Eric Coome also had a big day at the plate, knocking out three doubles and 4 RBI.

The three game series against Smithtown Christian concludes today at Bishop McGann/Mercy High School at 10 a.m. The Monarchs then see a 13-day break in their schedule, which resumes on April 25 when Mercy begins the first of a three-game series with Pierson/Bridgehampton.

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