The Eagles baseball team traveled to Crab Orchard last Wednesday to play the Trojans.
The Eagles opened the scoring in the top of the 3rd inning. The leadoff batter reached on an error and moved to third base on a Dylan Graves double. Blake Crain knocked in the first run with an RBI groundout. Christian Dahncke and Tylour Daubert followed with a pair of RBI singles. Quinnton Bent had a sacrifice fly in the inning and the Eagles led 4-0.
The Eagles were just getting warmed up as they went on to score nine times in the top of the 4th inning. Lane Wright and Jarrod Wiggs had back to back doubles to open the inning. After a Graves walk, the Eagles collected five consecutive RBI singles, with Crain, Dahncke, Daubert, Austin Krelo and Bent all getting in on the action. Wiggs would add his second hit of the inning to force in another run and the Eagles had cruised out to a 13-0 lead. Graves went the distance on the mound and surrendered just one hit and one run in the bottom of the 4th inning. He struck out six and walked two in the five inning contest.
March 27, 2014 @ Egyptian
The Eagles hit the road for a trip to Tamms to face former SEC foe Egyptian in a non-conference matchup on a cold rainy Thursday.
The Eagles bats stayed hot as they pounded out eight runs in the first inning before the bus was parked. Dylan Graves walked to lead off the game and promptly stole second base. He scored on Blake Crain’s RBI single. Crain scored on Tylour Daubert’s
RBI double. Quinnton Bent and Nathaniel Ross both had RBI singles in the inning, that saw the Eagles pick up three more walks and a pair of costly errors.
The Pharoahs had a pair of RBI doubles in the bottom of the inning and cut the lead to 8-2 after one inning. The score remained 8-2 until the Eagle half of the 3rd inning, when an error, a stolen base and RBI groundout from Crain added an additional tally.
The Eagles added three runs in the 4th inning. After a walk and an error, Bent knocked in both runs with a single and came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Lane Wright.
The Eagles led 12-2 after four innings. The Eagles would pick up six insurance runs in the 5th inning.
Four Pharoah fielding miscues, three walks and RBI singles from Collin Brown, Jarrod Wiggs and Ryan Bradley accounted for the damage. Austin Krelo drew the pitching assignment and worked four solid innings allowing a pair of runs on two hits, he walked three and struck out ten.
Bradley worked the 5th inning on the mound hitting a batter and striking out two as the Eagles walloped the Pharoahs, 18-2.
March 31, 2014 vs. Herrin
The first test of the year rolled into Vienna on Monday as the Tigers from Herrin came to town.
After a scoreless 1st inning, the Tigers picked up four runs in the 2nd inning on only one hit. Two walks and two hit batters were the Eagles undoing in the frame.
Dylan Graves hit a solo HR to lead off the 3rd inning and two outs later an hit and run single by Austin Krelo pushed Tylour Daubert all the way home from first base.
The Eagles had sliced the deficit to 4-2. Eagles charity accounted for Herrin’s three runs in the 5th inning. After retiring the first two hitters of the inning, a pair of Eagles errors opened up the door for a three run frame for the Tigers.
The Eagles weren’t ready to go away. With one out in the 6th inning, Lane Wright walked and moved to second base on a passed ball. He scored on an RBI single from Ryan Bradley. Graves followed with missile over the road in left field to cut the deficit to 7-5. Three hits including a home-run and a double led to three more Herrin runs in the top of the 7th, and the Eagles went 1-2-3 to go out with a whimper.
Christian Dahncke worked five innings in picking up the loss. He gave up seven runs (four earned) on four hits, he walked two, hit two and struck out a batter in falling to 1-1 on the season.
Blake Crain worked the final two innings in relief and allowed three runs on four hits, he walked one and struck out one.
The Eagles spring record is now 3-1.
They travel to Carterville on Thursday, and host Goreville on Friday, and host Shawnee and Cobden on Saturday, weather permitting.
Black Diamond Conference play begins next week with a visit from Carmi on Tuesday.