April 4, 2017 at Chester
The Eagles opened up Black Diamond Conference play last Tuesday with a trip to Chester to face the Yellow Jackets.
The Eagles got out of the gates quick scoring three runs in the first inning. Jakob Breeden led off with a walk.
Layton Edmonds followed with a single to left. Christian Pearl drew a four pitch walk to load the bases with no one out.
The next two Eagle hitters struck out looking.
Breeden and Edmonds both scored on an errant throw from the Chester shortstop. Two pitches later, Pearl scampered home on a wild pitch to put the Eagles on top 3-0.
The first three Chester batters reached base in the bottom of the inning, and all three came around to score to knot the score at 3-3.
Both pitchers settled down worked a pair of scoreless innings apiece.
In the Eagle half of the 4th inning, Bradley West reached on an error and Bryce Davis walked. Michael McHugh laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored West when the force attempt sailed wide into left field.
One out later, Edmonds smacked an RBI single to put the Eagles on top 5-3.
The Eagles added another run in the 5th inning. With two out, Wright walked and moved to second base on West’s single. Davis followed with an RBI single to push the Eagle lead to 6-3.
The Eagles added two more in the 6th inning. Breeden singled and stole second base. He scored on Edmond’s RBI single. Edmonds moved to third base on Pearl’s single and scored on a wild pitch.
The Eagles allowed three runs in the bottom of the 6th and one run in the bottom of the 7th but held on for an 8-7 win.
Layton Edmonds picked up the win on the mound. He went six innings and allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked one and struck out seven.
Trenton Hyde picked up the save working one inning allowing one run on a pair of walks. He struck out the final batter to seal the game.
April 5, 2017 at Hardin County
The Eagles traveled up the Ohio River to Hardin County to face the Cougars on Wednesday.
The Eagles jumped off the bus and scored six runs in the top of the 1st inning. Jakob Breeden and Layton Edmonds smacked consecutive singles to start the inning.
After the next two batters reached via fielding errors, Brennan Jacobsen knocked in a pair of runs with a double to left field.
Another fielding error followed and Lucas Strickland smacked a two run single to right field to put the Eagles up 6-0.
The Eagles surrendered three runs in the bottom of the frame courtesy of three infield fielding errors, two walks, and a hit batsmen.
Hardin County added two more in the 2nd inning on a pair of doubles and pair of wild pitches.
One more Cougar scored in the 3rd inning on a walk and a double and the score was tied 6-6 after three innings of play.
In the Eagle 4th inning, Edmonds led off with a walk. Back to back singles by Christian Pearl and Trenton Hyde loaded the bases. Ryan Wright hit a sacrifice fly, Bradley West knocked a two run single to put the Eagles up 9-6.
The Eagles scored six more runs in the top of the 5th inning. A hit batter and five consecutive walks accounted for the three runs. Bradley West had an RBI single before another pair of RBI base on balls put the Eagles up 15-6.
The Eagles would go on to add four more in the 6th inning. Edmonds and Pearl had singles to open the frame. A pair of walks brought home the first run. A pair of errors accounted for the next two runs. Strickland had an RBI single to close out the 19-6 final score.
Ryan Wright worked the first four innings on the hill and earned his first victory. He allowed six runs (three earned) on six hits. He walked three and struck out five.
Brennan Jacobsen finished the final two frames allowing one hit and striking out four.
April 6, 2017 vs. Chester
The Chester Yellow Jackets came to town on Thursday for the second half of the BDC home/away schedule.
Chester scored an unearned run in the first inning and three runs (two unearned) in the 3rd inning to take a 4-0 lead.
Meanwhile the Eagles had seven strikeouts in the first ten batters of the first three innings and the Yellow Jackets led 4-0 after three innings.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, Layton Edmonds led off with a single. Christian Pearl walked and Trenton Hyde singled to load the bases. Brennan Jacobsen drew a walk to force in the first Eagle run. The Eagles scored a pair of runs on a throwing error by the thirdbasemen.
Bradley West singled in the tying run and the score was tied 4-4 after four innings.
The Eagles scored one in the 5th inning on another Chester error and a pair of additional runs came around to score on another West two out single.
Pearl doubled in a run in the bottom of the 6th inning and the Eagles doubled up the Jackets 8-4.
Trenton Hyde picked up the win on the mound working the first five innings. He allowed four runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck out four and walked three.
Christian Pearl knotched the save in his two innings of bullpen work. He allowed one hit and struck out one to close down the third Eagle victory in a row.
April 7, 2017 vs. Anna-Jonesboro
The Wildcats of Anna-Jonesboro came to town on Friday to face the Eagles.
A-J scored three unearned runs in the top of the 1st inning.
The Cats added another run in the 3rd inning and two more in the 4th inning and led the Eagles 6-0.
In the Eagle 4th inning, Jakob Breeden reached on an error and scored a Christian Pearl RBI single. An error and a fielder’s choice plated the next run in front of Bradley West’s two-run single cut the margin to 6-4.
A-J scored a pair of runs in the 5th inning to extend the lead to 8-4.
The Eagles cut the deficit in the bottom of the 6th inning. With one out, West singled and advanced to third base one out later after a fielding error allowed Zach Schell to reach first base.
A pair of RBI singles from Breeden and Layton Edmonds brought home two more and the Eagles trailed 8-6 after six innings.
A-J scored twice in the top of the 7th to take a 10-6 lead.
The Eagles scored a run on a pair of singles by Pearl and Ryan Wright and a pair of walks. The bases were loaded with one out but the final two Eagles failed to extend the contest and the Eagles fell to the Wildcats 10-7.
Brennan Jacobsen worked into the 4th inning allowing six runs (three earned) on five hits, he walked three and struck out two.
Michael McHugh worked out of a jam in the 4th inning but allowed a pair of runs in the 5th inning before giving way to Christian Pearl.
Pearl gave up two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out one in three innings of relief.
April 10, 2017 vs. Century
The Eagles hosted the Century Centurions on Monday.
Jakob Breeden led off the bottom of the 1st with a sharp single to left field. He advanced to second base on Layton Edmonds’ smash to left field. Breeden scored and Edmonds reached second base when Christian Pearl singled to put the Eagles on top. A strike ‘em out throw ‘em out double play followed and saw the Eagles strand a runner at third base.
In the Eagle 2nd inning, Ryan Wright led off with a single to center. He advanced to second and third bases on a pair of wild pitches. He scored on sac fly to right field that was ultimately dropped.
The Eagles loaded the bases but couldn’t score and led 2-0 after two innings.
Century scored in the top of the 4th inning to cut the Eagle lead to 2-1.
In the Eagle 5th inning, Edmonds led off with a double down the third base line. He scored on Pearl’s RBI single and the Eagles led 3-1 after five innings.
Century managed to score a run in the 7th inning and get the tying run to third base before a pair of groundouts ended the game.
The Eagle defense was the story in this game. They completed their first error free game of the season.
For his second consecutive start, Layton Edmonds earned the win working 6 and 1/3 innings on the mound. He scattered eight hits, walked two batters and struck out four.
Ryan Wright retired the final two batters with the tying run in scoring position on a pair of ground balls to Edmonds (who had moved to third base).
The Eagles defeated the Centurions 3-2.
The Eagles pushed their spring mark to 5-4 (2-0 in BDC West). They host Trico on Tuesday, host Carrier Mills on Wednesday before traveling to Trico to return the favor on Thursday.
Next week they go to Zeigler on Tuesday, to Cobden on Wednesday, and host the Tornadoes next Thursday.