A-Sun: Josh Thompson Hates DeLand

By Bryan App - May 25, 2007

At least I would if I were him. With one out and the score tied at 1 in the top of the sixth, Thompson, Mercer's No. 3 batter, hammered what surely looked like a home run to left field. But with the flags in left pointing straight in, the ball died at the warning track and Stetson left fielder Justin Bass made a leaping grab to rob Thompson of at least a double.

What's worse for the Bears is Stetson starter Jake Hitchcock got clean-up hitter Mike Armstrong to ground out on the next pitch, capping a three-pitch inning against Mercer's Nos. 2, 3 and 4 batters.

Bringing you up to speed...Stetson scored first, as Braedyn Pruitt led off the bottom of the fourth with a double down the right field line. Adam Tindle drove him in with a one-out single through the right side.

Mercer answered in the top of the fifth when Steven Karwatt singled to center, Casey Stuart doubled to left and Michael Langley drove Karwatt home while grounding out to second. With two outs, lead-off man Matt Crawford then tapped a slow roller down the first baseline. After a second of confusion, Hitchcock made a run-saving play, hustling to first base to take the pitch and hitting the dirt after landing awkwardly on the bag.

Obviously, Hitchcock felt well enough to shutdown the meat of Mercer's lineup the next inning.

Posted by Bryan App at 12:46 PM on May 25, 2007

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