Eastern soars past Vikings, 7-4

Alex Hawley

April 9, 2014

TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Eagles earn their first win of the season.

The Eastern baseball team toppled non-conference guest Vinton County by a count of 7-4, Tuesday night in Meigs County.

The Vikings (0-3) pushed one run across in the the top of the first but the Eastern (1-3) countered in a big way with a three-run bottom of the first. EHS senior Zack Scowden singled home Tyler Morris in the bottom of the second to push the EHS lead to 4-1.

Vinton County tied the game with a three-run third frame, but the Vikings couldn’t take the lead. Aided by a pair of Vinton County errors, the Green and Gold regained the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth frame. Eastern pitcher Cameron Richmond threw the final four innings without allowing a hit and the Eagles held on for the 7-4 victory.

Richmond was the winning pitcher, allowing just four runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks. Richmond struck out nine Vikings in the triumph.

Vinton County’s McIntire was the losing pitcher after allowing three runs on three hits in three innings of relief work. VCHS starter McFerren threw three innings and allowed four runs on five hits and three walks. McFerren struck out four, while McIntire fanned two.

The Eagle offense was led by Tyler Morris, Jesse Morris and Christian Speelman with two hits each, followed by Scowden and Brandon Coleman with one hit each. Speelman drove in a game-high three runs, while Scowden, Jesse Morris and Tyler Barber each had one RBI.

Tyler Morris crossed the plate three times to lead EHS, followed by Speelman with two scores. Scowden and Richmond each scored once, while Scowden and Tyler Morris each had a stolen base.

The Vikings were led by Mcferren with two hits, followed by Allen, McIntire and Hashman with one hit each. Duncan led the Maroon and Silver with two runs scored, while Ward and Allen each scored once.