Mercer wins second straight 12th Region baseball title

J.T. Long hit a walk-off home run to give Mercer County a dramatic win in the regional title game Thursday night and send the Titans to the state baseball tournament for the second consecutive year.

Long’s two-run homer gave Mercer a 7-5 victory over Danville in the title game at Admiral Field.

Mercer (23-12) will play the 7th Region champion — St. Xavier and Male are playing for that title tonight — in the first round of the state tournament at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, where the Titans made a memorable run to the state finals a year ago.

One-out singles by Alex Guay and John Ingram set the stage for a four-run seventh inning after Danville (31-10) had scored once in the top of the inning to take a 5-3 lead.

Seth Heath slipped a single into right field, and Guay scored on the hit and pinch-runner Chris Goodman scored on a throwing error to tie the game. Long jumped on the next pitch from Danville’s Andrew Lasure, launching it well beyond the fence to the right of the scoreboard in left-center field.

The win set off a wild celebration by the Titans, who lost eight seniors from last year’s title team, then repeated by reinventing themselves, changing from a team that scored runs in bunches to one that relied on pitching and defense.

Return to or pick up the Advocate on Friday for expanded coverage of tonight’s game.

One Comment on Mercer wins second straight 12th Region baseball title

  1. Angela Shope Scurlock
    May, 31st 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Way to go Coach and your boys!!!! PRP repeat!!!! Here they come again State. Stayin Alive!!!!

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