Liberty Union had it’s most productive offensive night of the season but still fell short to Circleville on Wednesday by a 13-5 score.
The Lions pounded out eleven hits and scored five runs in a game for the first time this season. A three hit game for both Nick Congrove and Brody Poston led the offensive attack.
Travis Mullins (2-1) started on the mound for the Lions. He got off to a rocky start with 20 mile per hour wind gusts blowing to centerfield the Tigers took advantage of it hitting the ball to the gaps into the wind scoring four first inning runs. The first four Tigers reached before Mullins retired Mancini on a strikeout. In the second, back-to-back doubles made it 5-0, and a two out single by Gray (3 for 3, walk) made it 6-0.
The Lions got on the board in the second with a walk to Cy Putnam and a single by Mullins. Lucas Slone lined into a double play making it look like the rally would die. However, a single by Noah Graf moved Mullins to third and he scored when the Tigers shortstop misplayed a Jacob Berlecamp ground ball. Nick Congrove singled to score Graf to make it a 6-2 Tigers lead after two.
Mullins bounced back over the next two innings allowing a run in the fourth when he hit Barnhardt with a pitch and allowing a Gray two out single to score him.
In the fifth the Lions trailed 7-2 when they rallied back. A one out single by Congrove was followed by a single by Poston. On the throw to third to get Congrove, Poston advanced to second. Caleb Peck singled down the line in left to score Congrove to make it 7-3. After an Austin Young strike out, Cy Putnam singled to score Poston making it 7-4. Mullins then laced a hit to center to score Peck putting runners at first and second and a 7-5 game. Lucas Slone then hit a grounder up the middle which the throw by the shortstop looked late, but a tough call ended the inning. Had he been called safe Chaise Wohrer, running for Cy Putnam would have scored. It would not be for the Lions.
Mullins got into a one out jam by walking to leadoff hitter in the bottom of the fifth. and a one out double. Austin Young took over for him. After getting behind 3-0 on his first hitter the Lions intentionally walked Wolfe. Cline came to the plate and hit a good pitch by Young just past Cy Putnam at third to start what would end as a five run inning for Circleville. The Lions loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but could not push across a run. Circleville would add a run off of Luke Mccormick in their half of the sixth. Mancini retired the Lions in order in the seventh.
Mullins pitched well for the Lions after a rough start. He walked one and struck out seven in four and one-third innings of work. He allowed nine hits, and nine runs, seven were earned. However, four hits and runs all came in the opening inning. After allowing six hits and runs to the first nine he faced, he retired seven of the next nine he faced, one reaching on a strike out and wild pitch.
Liberty Union will host Hamilton Township on Thursday in an MSL Buckeye make up game.