TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — It’s not how you start something, but rather how you finish it.
The Eastern baseball team jumped out to a 1-0 lead after two innings of play, but visiting Belpre scored 11 of the final 12 runs of the game Wednesday night en route to an 11-2 victory in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Meigs County.
The host Eagles (3-9, 2-7 TVC Hocking) took their only lead of the night in the bottom of the second after a leadoff double and a sacrifice put Brandon Coleman at third base. A passed ball allowed Coleman to score with two outs in the inning, making it a 1-0 contest through two complete.
The Golden Eagles (6-7, 6-5), however, answered with a run in the third to knot things up, then claimed a permanent lead with three runs in the fourth for a 4-1 edge. BHS tacked on four more scores in th top of the fifth for an 8-1 lead.
Eastern countered with a run in its half of the fifth to close to within 8-2, but the guests added three insurance runs in the sixth to wrap up the nine-run decision. Belpre also claimed a season sweep after posting an 11-10 home win back on April 10.
The Golden Eagles outhit the hosts by a 9-4 overall margin and committed only one error in the contest, compared to seven miscues by Eastern. Simonette was the winning pitcher of record for the guests.
Coleman, Cameron Richmond, Christian Speelman and Zack Scowden each had a hit for EHS, with Coleman and Andrew Stobart providing a run apiece in the setback. Richmond drove in the Eagles’ lone run of the game.
Plummer paced the guests with three hits, followed by six others with a safety apiece.