Monday's Miami-Bentonville, Ark., high school baseball game was about like an MLB spring training contest - lots of scoring and a parade of players.
Bentonville chalked up a 17-9 victory over the Wardogs, who used seven pitchers over the course of the contest.
"We got out of it what we wanted," Mercer said. "They are in the same situation, it's the end of the year for them too, so it worked out well for both of us to play. Hopefully, this will prepare us."
Next up for Miami is the Class 4A regional, which begins Wednesday (weather permitting) at Grove.
The Wardogs face Oologah at 3:30 p.m. A win moves them into a 5:30 p.m. game and they would play at 7:30 p.m. if they lose.
A two-run homer by Nick Henson in the first inning helped stake Miami to a 6-3 lead through four.
But the wheels fell off in the fifth, when the Tigers erupted for six runs. Ten batters went to the plate and the visitors took advantage of four hits, two walks and a hit batter.
The Wardogs got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth, creating a 9-7 lead for the Arkansans.
Bentonville struck again in the sixth, parlaying eight hits, two walks and an error into eight more runs.
"When you run a bunch of different pitchers out there (Miami used seven), they have to get loose quick," Mercer said. "You kinda expect that to happen."
Jake Roberts started on the mound for MHS, then was relieved by a procession that included Grant Longcrier, Freeman, Jesse Henson, Jones, Andrew Allen and Joe Pilkinton.
Miami, which had nine hits in the game, got a final two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
"It was good to see the offense," Mercer said. "The hitters got to see live pitching. Now we can go back to the cage tomorrow and do some work."
Mercer said today's practice will include hitting against pitchers from Northeastern A&M.
Keith Freeman went 4-for-4, collecting four singles.
Henson had a RBI single in the sixth to go with his home run.
Michael Anderson, Nick Jones, Zack Turley and Jesse Henson added singles.
The Tigers finished with 17 hits, including a two-run homer by Eller in the first.