Thursday, October 19, 2017

Eagles baseball battling Mother Nature

March 22, 2017 vs. Egyptian

The Vienna Eagles baseball squad hosted the Pharaohs from Egyptian last week.

The Pharaohs were retired in order the first three innings, while the Eagles threatened but didn’t score until the bottom of the 3rd inning.  With one out, Jakob Breeden reached on a fielding error and moved to third base on a single from Layton Edmonds. Breeden scored one out later on a double from Trenton Hyde and the Eagles led 1-0.

The Pharaohs loaded the bases in the top of the 4th but didn’t score.

In the Eagle 4th inning, Zach Schell was hit by a pitch.  He worked his way to third base on a pair of wild pitches and scored on Bradley West’s RBI groundout.  Bryce Davis followed with a walk and he scored one out later on a Layton Edmonds’ RBI double.  Edmonds scored one pitch later when Christian Pearl singled to left field.

The Eagles led 4-0 after four innings.

The Pharaohs scratched out a single run in the 6th inning and a pair of runs in the 7th inning to make things interesting, but the Eagles held on for the 4-3 victory.

Trenton Hyde got the win on the mound as he worked 4 2/3 scoreless innings. Hyde allowed only one hit, one hit batter, and two walks while striking out 10.

Brennan Jacobsen followed in relief going 1 1/3 innings while surrendering one run on one hit.  He walked one and struck out three.

Ryan Wright earned the save pitching the final frame and allowing a pair of unearned runs on three hits.

Layton Edmonds led the offense going 3-4 with a double and an RBI.

March 31, 2017 vs. Carterville

The Eagles returned after a nine day layoff to a soggy diamond to host the Carterville Lions on Friday.

After a scoreless first inning by both clubs, the Lions scored a run in the 2nd inning and two in the 3rd inning to take a 3-0 lead.

The Eagles got on the board in the 4th inning with a leadoff walk by Trenton Hyde.

Kaleb Faulkner took over the running duties at first base and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  He moved to third base on a groundout from Brennan Jacobsen, and scored on Ryan Wright’s groundout and the Eagles trailed 3-1.

The Eagles added another run in the bottom of the 6th inning.  Hyde was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.

After a force play and flyout, Bradley West singled to center.  Bryce Davis worked a walk to load the bases and Michael McHugh drew a walk to force in a run and the Eagles trailed 3-2 after six innings.

Carterville threatened to blow it open in the top of the 7th, but only managed a single run and led 4-2 heading into the bottom of the final frame.

In the Eagle 7th inning, with one out, Christian Pearl walked. Hyde reached on an error by the shortstop. A ground out to second base followed and the Eagle runners stood at second and third base with two outs.

Wright grounded the ball to the shortstop who bounced the throw passed the first-basemen and both Eagle runners came around to score and knot the score at 4-4.

Both teams went down in order in the 8th inning.

Carterville unloaded for four runs in the top of the 9th inning.

The Eagles managed two hits and a lineout for a double play in the bottom of the inning, but couldn’t mount another comeback and fell to the Lions 8-4.

Christian Pearl pitched the first 3 1/3 innings allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits, he walked none and struck out one.

Trenton Hyde worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  He gave up one hit and walked two, while striking out two.

Brennan Jacobsen pitched the final three pressure packed innings, he allowed five runs on five hits, he walked three and struck out two.

The Eagles soggy spring record fell to 1-3.

The Eagles open Black Diamond Conference play this week with a pair of games at Chester on Tuesday and against Chester here on Thursday. Anna-Jonesboro visits the Eagles on Friday.  The Eagles host Century on Monday, host Trico on Tuesday, and host Carrier Mills on Wednesday of next week.

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