Father pays back his son with win

May 11, 1999|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK - It was Kerns vs. Kerns - the rematch. And Hancock's Dan Kerns (the father) and crew turned the tables on Southern Fulton with a 15-8 victory.

Earlier in the season, Brian Kerns (the son) and the Indians were not very gracious hosts, coming back from a 6-1 deficit for a home victory.

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Monday, it was Hancock's turn to roar from behind. The Panthers (6-13) were down 3-1 after the Indians' half of the third when they pounced on starter Justin Hixon for four runs.

Hixon walked the first two hitters, and Sam Higgins drilled a double to left center to drive in two runs. Derek Hoffman followed with an RBI single and came home on Paul Norris' two-bagger.


In the fourth, the Panthers exploded for six runs on four hits and three errors by Southern Fulton (5-11). Sophomore Danny Keefer led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Higgins' single. Hoffman reached on an error, and Norris drove Higgins home with a base hit.

Two more errors brought in Hoffman and Justin Moore. After a Mark Hoffman single to right, Kevin Miller busted a double over the right fielder's head to score two more for the Panthers.

Hancock closed out its scoring with a four-run sixth to give pitcher Doug Steiner a comfortable cushion.

Singles from Moore and Miller and an error loaded the bases with one out. Keefer hit a popup to short and was called out on the infield fly rule.

Shortstop Clint Wyrick dropped the fly, and Moore bolted from third, scoring on Wyrick's hurried throw. Another error scored Mark Hoffman, and Derek Hoffman lined a two-run single.

Steiner got the complete-game victory, scattering nine hits, striking out five and giving up only four earned runs.

"Dougie pitched a good game," Dan Kerns said. "He's only a sophomore, and he did well for us. He's been our best pitcher. And Sam Higgins had a good game at the plate."

Higgins finished with a 3-4 night, scoring two runs and driving in four. Derek Hoffman, Norris, Moore and Miller had two hits each, and Derek Hoffman drove in three runs.

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