Lucas Erceg Leads Offensive Onslaught as Biloxi Ends Skid, 15-5

Lucas Erceg Leads Offensive Onslaught as Biloxi Ends Skid, 15-5Well, when the Biloxi Shuckers end a losing streak, they sure know how to do it in style. The Shuckers entered the final contest of their five-game series against the Mobile BayBears as losers of three straight, but they pounded out 19 hits in their 15-5 victory over Mobile to move to 10-5 on the season. Lucas Erceg had 4-hits and drove in 4-runs to lead the offense and Thomas Jankins won his third game of the season.

The Biloxi Shuckers would get out to a 2-0 lead, scoring single runs in each of the first two innings. After Luis Pena retired the first two batters of the game, Lucas Erceg connected with his first home run of the season to put Biloxi on top by one.

An inning later, Blake Allemand would single with one out. Two batters later, Jake Hager doubled to the wall in left field, scoring Allemand all the way from first to make the lead two.

The BayBears responded with runs in consecutive innings themselves, to tie the score. In the bottom of the second, Michael Barash walked to start the frame and moved to second when Connor Justus was hit by a pitch. Back to back ground outs would lead to Barash crossing the plate to cut the deficit in half.

Lucas Erceg: 4-5, 3-R, HR (1), 4-RBI

In the bottom of the third, back to back walks started the frame and a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. Jankins retired the next two batters, but a passed ball allowed Brennon Lund to score to tie the game.

In the bottom of the fourth, Mobile would take the lead. Jose Rojas grounded a base hit up the middle with one down, and would later steal second. With Rojas at second and two outs, Riley Unroe lined a base hit into center field that brought the runner around to score and the BayBears had their first lead of the game.

It did not last long however. In the top of the fifth, the Biloxi Shuckers would chase Pena from the game. Quintin Berry started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Troy Stokes, Jr. singled into left field to move Berry to third. Erceg followed with a ground single into right to score Barry and tie the game. Next up was Nick Franklin, who lined a ball down the right field line that brought Stokes all the way around to score. Franklin reached second on the hit for his first double of the season.

That was the end of the night for Pena, as Samil De Los Santos came on, but the bleeding did not stop. Jake Gatewood greeted the reliever with a deep drive off the wall in left field that brought both runners around to score, and Biloxi was back on top. Allemand ended the scoring with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-3.

In the sixth, the Shuckers extended their lead to five. Hager was the leadoff batter, and blasted his second home run of the season over the wall in left-center to make it 8-3.

Jake Hager: 4-5, 2-R, 2-Doubles, HR (2), 2-RBI

Mobile responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Unroe started the inning with a base hit, but it looked like he would be stranded when Jon Olczak was able to retire the next two batters of the frame. However, Taylor Ward hit a flyball over the left field wall for his second home run of the season and the lead was just three.

Biloxi extended their lead back to five immediately in their next at bat. Hager started the inning with a double and moved to third when Corey Ray reached on an error. Stokes followed with a base hit that scored Hager and Ray came home on a single into center by Erceg.

In the top of the ninth, the Biloxi Shuckers put this game out of reach. Allemand started the inning with a base hit, but he was replaced on the base paths on a fielder’s choice by Dylan Moore. Hager and Barry followed with singles to load the bases, and Ray would add a base hit of his own to bring home Moore and make it a six run lead. Two batters later, Erceg was hit by a pitch to bring home Hager, and Dustin Houle cleared the bases with a lined double down the right field line that scored all three runners to make it 15-5. That would be the final.

Lucas Erceg finished the game 4-5, with 3-runs, a homer, and 4-RBI. Jake Hager was also 4-5, scoring 3-runs, driving in 2, and adding 2-doubles and a home run. Jose Rojas and Riley Unroe each had 2-hits for the BayBears.

The Biloxi Shuckers return home on Saturday to take on Montgomery. Genesis Cabrera (0-2, 2.25) will go for the Biscuits. He will be opposed by Jose Rodriguez (1-0, 1.86). First pitch is 7:05 local time.


By Robert Pannier