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Baseball: Berkeley Prep starts strong in mercy-rule win over Tampa Prep

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Fri. March 4, 2011 | David Rice

TAMPA — Berkeley Prep jumped all over Tampa Prep’s pitching in a 17-1 mercy-rule victory on Friday night. The Bucs (5-2) scored six runs in the first inning and nine in the fourth.

“Our pitchers are doing a really good job of keeping runs off the board,” Berkeley Prep coach Justin Houston said. “It was nice to see our offense come together. Hopefully we can carry this momentum into the middle part of the season.”

Junior Zack Sutton started on the mound for Berkeley, allowing two hits and one run in four innings. Sophomore Chris Erdmier led the Bucs with a 3-for-4 performance, driving in two runs and scoring once. Junior Kenny Barrett had three RBIs and went 2-for-3 on the night with a single and a double.

Berkeley Prep also took advantage of six Tampa Prep (5-2) errors, which often kept innings alive. The Bucs punished the opposition with 16 hits in all.

“For us every game is the biggest game of the year, so every game we win is a big confidence boost,” Houston said. “We’ve got some big games coming up so hopefully we can keep the bats going. Tonight I thought we had one bad inning offensively but other than that it was a good game all around.”
 

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