It's still early in the season and the Mead High School baseball team is learning some valuable lessons.
It doesn't hurt the Panthers are winning in the process.
Mead used a nine-run fifth inning to break open a close game and beat Rogers High School, 15-5, in six innings on Friday evening at Mead High School.
A two-run home run by Devin Marcy gave Rogers a 5-4 lead in the fifth, but the Panthers responded with a vengeance. Mead plated nine runs on seven hits in the bottom half of the inning to take firm control of the game, and then scored two in the sixth to enact the mercy rule.
"I felt like we kind of hit a lull after the second inning," Mead head coach Jason Reich said. "Rogers, give them credit, they battled tough and they got some big hits and put themselves in the lead. But I felt like it was a good lesson, it was a good lesson for our guys. We have a real young team, as far as experience at the varsity lesson. So it was one of those thing that they learned that we got to get after everybody. We didn't and the middle, so we picked it back up and it was good."
Senior Gianni Luchini picked up the win for the Panthers with 4 1/3 innings of relief.
"Gianni, he's a consistent pitcher, we've been coaching him for a couple years now, between summer ball and school ball," Reich said. "He's a guy that we know goes out there, throws strikes, stays around the zone and competes. He had his good stuff today and was able to keep them off balance."