MERRILLVILLE | Andrean executed a good mix of small ball and big hitting, something that is usually a successful recipe for an offensive showcase.
The Times No. 2 59ers certainly got the bats going Wednesday, collecting nine hits and taking advantage of three Griffith errors in an 11-1 Northwest Crossroads Conference win over the No. 6 Panthers in six innings.
"We executed some things well offensively," Andrean coach Dave Pishkur said. "The bottom of the order really contributed. The eight and nine guys got on base and started a little train there."
The 59ers (6-0, 3-0) put up six runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run double from Matt DeSomer. The previous inning, DeSomer connected on a three-run double to give the 59ers a 3-0 lead.
"I don't think I've been doing good (at the plate)," DeSomer said. "Today, that second at bat, I felt good when I got that double."
DeSomer, who had five RBIs, gave himself a huge cushion on the mound. He would end his outing pitching 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts. DeSomer admitted to being tired near the end of his outing.
"Matt pitched well and he had his moments," Pishkur said. "He missed some spots. Hopefully he'll get better. He made some good pitches. We're hoping some of the success from football will carry over into the baseball season."
The 59ers capped their scoring in the sixth when an RBI single from John Albomonte forced the 10-run mercy rule.
Griffith mustered only two hits, as coach Brian Jennings was extremely disappointed with his team's effort.
"Against a club like this, you can't give big innings," he said. "We lacked energy, attitude, effort and approaches today. We didn't even show up. We talk about competing against the game and letting the game dictate what you do, and we didn't do that today. We're letting guys' offensive struggles affect what's going as a whole, and we can't let that happen in this game. If guys aren't hitting, they're carrying it over everywhere else and we can't let that happen."