April 3, 2012 vs. Carmi
The Eagles opened up Black Diamond Conference play last Tuesday by hosting the Carmi Bulldogs. Carmi jumped all over the Eagles scoring four times in the 1st inning. The Bulldogs would add a single run in the 2nd inning and another in the top of the 7th inning to take a 6-0 lead.
The Eagles wouldnt go down without a fight in the bottom of the inning. The leadoff batter walked and the next hitter reached on an error. Back to back singles by Dylan Graves and Clayton Wright plated the first Eagle run of the game.
One out later a bases loaded walk would force in the second Eagle run.
The Carmi bullpen would end the rally at this point retiring the final two Eagle hitters to preserve the 6-2 Carmi win. Graves did all of the work on the mound, pitching seven strong innings. He allowed four earned runs and six hits, while walking three and striking out seven. He only allowed one hit after the 2nd inning.
Graves and Wright were both 3 for 4 at the plate to pace the Eagles eight hit attack.
April 4, 2012 vs. Hardin County
The Hardin County Cougars paid the Eagles a visit on Wednesday and found an angry Eagle group that treated them like unwanted guests.
Freshman Austin Krelo found himself on the mound for his first varsity start and he retired the Cougars in order on three ground balls in the top of the 1st inning. The Eagles scored two runs in their half of the inning thanks to two miscues by the Cougar shortstop and a Christian Stafford RBI single.
Krelo fired another 1-2-3 inning in the 2nd, but the bats couldnt produce. Krelo retired the first two Cougars in the 3rd inning before finally yielding a clean double to the last man in the Cougar batting order. This would be the only hit that Krelo would allow in the game.
Dylan Graves led off the 3rd inning with a pop fly double to right field. Clayton Wright followed with a home-run to right center to put the Eagles up 4-0. Quinnton Bent added an RBI single in the inning, and one more error on the Cougar defense led to the 6-0 Eagle lead.
Krelo and Collin Brown both had RBI singles in a sloppy 4th inning. The Cougars committed three more miscues. Blake Crain also had an RBI single in the inning that saw Wright deliver an RBI single and an RBI sacrifice fly in the same inning. The Cougars would prevent the Krelo shutout taking advantage of two walks, a wild pitch and an RBI groundout.
The Eagles cruised to the 14-1 short game victory.
Wright was the only Eagle to have more than one hit. He went 2 for 3 with a HR, and 4 RBIs.
April 6, 2012 at Anna-Jonesboro
The Eagles traveled to Anna on Good Friday to face the Wildcats. Good Friday was anything but good for the Eagles. It all started well for the Eagles in the top of the 1st inning. With two out Clayton Wright drew a walk. He advanced to second base on a single by Christian Stafford. Dallas Bent stroked a two-out RBI single to center field to put the Eagles on top 1-0. AJ scored twice in the bottom of the inning without the benefit of a hit.
The floodgates opened up on the Eagles in the 2nd inning and saw the Wildcats score eight times. Two hit batters, two singles, two errors and a bases loaded triple accounted for the Wildcats outburst that left the Eagles trailing 10-1. The Eagles were retired in order in the last four innings and dropped the game by the final score of 12-1.
The Eagles run their spring record to 2-6, and are 0-1 in the Black Diamond Conference.
They host Eldorado on Tuesday, travel to Carrier Mills on Wednesday, travel to Chester on Thursday, and host Cairo on Friday.
The Eagles would like to thank all of the community members and businesses that supported the Eagles Dugout Club 100-inning game fundraiser.
Rain cancelled the first two attempts but the Eagles have rescheduled the game for April 20-21. They will try to play 25 innings on Friday afternoon and 75 innings on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.