Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Eagles baseball struggles

April 25, 2017 vs. Goreville

The Eagles hosted the rival Goreville Blackcats on Tuesday in Black Diamond Conference action.

The Cats hopped off the bus and scored a pair of runs in the first inning on a pair of walks and a pair of hits.

The Eagles answered in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs as well.  Jakob Breeden walked to lead off the inning.  He advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored after an error and a RBI single by Brennan Jacobsen.

The second Eagle run came on an errant throw on Bradley West’s ground ball.

Neither team scored in the second inning.

The Blackcats scored five unearned runs in the third inning thanks to two costly errors by the Eagles defense.

Goreville extended the lead in the top of the forth inning on a long Peyton Massey three run Homer.

The Eagles tried to claw their way back into the contest in the bottom of the frame. West led off with a single.  After a strikeout, Nate Kerley was hit by a pitch.

After another strikeout, Breeden reached on a hit batsmen.  Both runners scored on a Blackcat fielding miscue and the Cats led 11-4 after four innings.

Goreville scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning and one more in the seventh to provide the final 14-4 margin.

Christian Pearl got the loss on the hill for the home squad.  He worked four innings allowing eleven runs (five earned) on ten hits.  He struck out two and walked four.

Brennan Jacobsen mopped up the final three frames.  He allowed three runs on three hits. He struck out two and walked three.

April 27, 2017 @ Goreville

The Eagles finished up their home and home with the Blackcats with a visit to Goreville on a soggy Thursday.

Both pitchers traded zeroes for the first two innings.

A walk, a fielding error, and a botched coverage saw the Blackcats load the bases in the bottom of the third inning with no outs.

A dazzling double play by the Eagle defense saw one runner forced out at home and the Eagles were one pitch away from coming through the inning unscathed.

After an intentional walk to last year’s BDC MVP, Brodie Lenon, Brant Glidewell hammered a 3-2 pitch over the centerfield fence for a grand slam.  The Blackcats led 4-0 after three innings.

The Eagles could only manage two hits in the game and were shutout.

Goreville scored six times in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the game.

Trenton Hyde was the Eagle hurler for the day. He allowed eight runs (four earned) on ten hits in a 5 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out four.

Freshmen Alex Miller worked 1/3 of an inning and allowed two runs on two hits and a walk.

May 1, 2017 @ Gallatin County

The Eagles traveled to Gallatin County to face the Hawks on Monday.

The Eagles stranded nine runners in five innings and lost two runners on the base paths while only scoring one run.

Gallatin County scored a two in the first, eight in the third and two more runs in the forth inning to short game the Eagles 12-1.

Layton Edmonds didn’t have his best stuff on this cold windy day and picked up the loss on the mound.

Seven of the nine Eagles starters collected base hits, but the Eagles couldn’t put anything together.

The Eagles record for the spring season fell to 6-12.  They are 2-5 in the BDC and hope to get back on track when they visit Hamilton County on Wednesday.

They travel to West Frankfort next Monday before hosting Zeigler-Royalton on Tuesday (an unscheduled Makeup game) and Eldorado next Wednesday.

Pairings and assignments for the IHSA Boys 2A Baseball Regional will be available next week.

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