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Rebels rout Mercer behind Thompson’s shutout

Karson Thompson brought the heat and the offense on Tuesday against Mercer County.

The junior led Boyle County to a 10-0 victory in six innings, pitching a complete game while striking out eight. He helped his cause with a 2-for-3 day at the dish with a pair of RBIs.

Boyle’s offense clicked as the Rebels improved to 2-0 on the young season. Grant Hotchkiss was 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

The Rebels opened the scoring on Mercer starter Mason Smith in the second inning with three runs. Mercer finished with five errors and of the Rebels’ 10 runs, only one was earned.

Cameron Yates finished 2-for-3 from the plate with two runs scored for the Rebels. Jack Briese was 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Connor Samons walked twice and scored two runs; Ethan Carter scored a run and Luke Gaffney was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Smith, Dillon Warren, Landon McGinnis and Alex Caton earned the four hits for Mercer.

Mercer falls to 1-1 and will next visit Marion County on Thursday. Boyle hosts Rockcastle County on Thursday.