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Sophomore Ryan Bradley digs in the batters box against Hamilton County. Photo by Lucas Wright

April 30, 2014 @ Pope County

The baseball Eagles made the short trip east to face the Pirates on Wednesday.

The Eagles took the early lead on a walk and back to back singles from Tylour Daubert and Jarrod Wiggs.

In the Eagle 2nd inning, Austin Krelo and Ryan Bradley singled to open the inning. A couple of groundouts and four walks led to five runs in the inning.  The Eagles led 6-0 after two innings.

In the Eagle 3rd inning, Bradley led off with a single. With two outs, Blake Crain doubled home Bradley. Christian Dahncke, Quinnton Bent and Austin Krelo followed with RBI singles. Bradley doubled for his second hit of the inning and when the dust cleared the Eagles held a 13-0 lead.

Krelo picked up his second win of the season working the first three innings.  He allowed just one hit and no runs while walking one and striking out five.  Crain mopped up the final two frames for the Eagles and walked one, gave up one hit and struck out five in the strong relief performance.

May 1, 2014 @ Goreville

Sophomore Jarrod Wiggs winds up for the pitch on Friday against Hamilton County. Photo by Lucas Wright

The Eagles traveled to Goreville on Thursday to face the Blackcats.

Dylan Graves homered to right center to lead off the game.  After a two out Tylour Daubert single and Jarrod Wiggs double, Quinnton Bent smacked a two run single to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead after one half inning.

The Cats scored one run in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to 3-1.  Graves smacked his second homer in the 2nd inning and the Eagles led 4-1 until the Cats’ half of the 3rd inning.

Three walks and four hits led to four runs for the Cats in the 3rd inning, and they led for the first time in the game, 5-4.

The Eagles took the lead in the 6th inning.  Austin Krelo reached on an error to lead off the inning.  He scored on Lane Wright’s RBI double.  A walk and an error accounted for the go ahead run before Tylour Daubert delivered a two run single to give the Eagles an 8-5 lead.

The Cats would score twice and leave the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th inning to make things very interesting.

The Eagles held on for the 8-7 win. Christian Dahncke (3-1) worked six innings on the mound and got the win.  He gave up six runs on six hits, walked six and struck out three.

Jarrod Wiggs got the first two outs in the 7th inning before giving way to Dylan Graves for a one out save.

May 2, 2014 vs. Hamilton County

The Eagles returned home on Friday to face the Foxes.  Hamilton County struck twice in the 1st inning to take a 2-0 lead.  Single runs by the Foxes in the 3rd and 4th innings gave them a 4-0 lead heading to the bottom of the 4th.

The Eagle bats awakened in the bottom of the inning.  Christian Dahncke led off with a double and scored on Austin Krelo’s RBI single.  Krelo worked his way around the bases and scored on a groundout to cut the deficit to 4-2.

The Foxes added another run in the 5th inning and led 5-2.  Jarrod Wiggs led off the Eagle half of the 5th  inning with a walk.

Singles by Dylan Graves and Blake Crain loaded the bases with nobody out.  Tylour Daubert smacked a 2-run single and the Eagles tied it on an RBI groundout.  The score was tied 5-5 after five innings.

The Foxes just wouldn’t go away and scratched out another run in the top of the 6th inning.

The Eagles would mount a rally in the 7th inning.  After a Graves lineout, Crain reached on an error and the next two Eagles drew walks.  With bases loaded and one out, Austin Krelo’s hard smash was handled by the shortstop who threw to second base for one out and the relay delivery hit its target at first base for the game-ending (Eagle heart-breaking) double play.

Jarrod Wiggs worked six strong innings and took the loss.  He allowed eight hits and six runs (just three earned), he struck out six and walked two.

Krelo worked a scoreless inning in relief to give the Eagles hope.  The four Eagle errors that led to the three single runs by the Foxes in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings proved to be the undoing for the Eagles on this day.

May 5, 2014 vs. Gallatin County

The Eagles hosted the red hot Gallatin County Hawks on Monday. The Hawks brought in an 18-1 record to Vienna.

The Hawks were retired in order in the 1st inning.  After a leadoff walk and single by Blake Crain,  Christian Dahncke got an RBI single for the first run and Austin Krelo’s sac fly plated the second run.  The Hawks tied it in the top of the 3rd and the Eagles retook the lead in the bottom of the inning.  Crain singled and Tylour Daubert smacked a home-run to left field to put the Eagles on top 4-2.

The scrappy Hawks bunch tied it in the 4th inning, but the Eagles once again took the lead right back in the bottom of the frame. Jarrod Wiggs walked to lead off the Eagle half of the 4th inning getting hit by a pitch and he promptly stole second base.  He scored an Ryan Bradley’s RBI single that saw a hustling Bradley advance to second base on the throw home and advance to third base when the throw was mishandled by the relay man.  Bradley scored on a sac fly from Lane Wright.  Dylan Graves doubled with one out and scored from second on a groundball that saw the shortstop’s throw get by the Hawk’s first baseman.

The Eagles led 7-4 after five innings.  The Eagles blew the game open in the 6th inning.  After a leadoff walk and flyout, Bradley smacked a double over the third baseman to put Eagles at second and third base.  A walk and a strikeout bought up Crain with the bases loaded.  He banged a three-run double to right center and came around to score on Daubert’s RBI single.

The Hawks would pick up a couple of runs in the 7th on an error and a homer, and the Eagles beat the Hawks 13-7.  Krelo picked up his third win of the season working six strong innings on the mound.  He gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits, he walked two and struck out five.  Dylan Graves worked the 7th inning and allowed the homer after an error but retired the final three batters to preserve the Eagle victory.

The Eagle spring record stands at 8-11.  Carterville Regional seeds and schedule will be released later this week.  Eagle business on the diamond continues Wednesday at Century, and Thursday at Johnston City.  The Eagles return home next week to host Eldorado on Monday, host Massac County next Tuesday, and host Benton next Wednesday before the home finale on Thursday vs. Paducah Tighlman.

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