BELPRE, Ohio — It sure didn’t take long for the Eagles to get back on track.
Fresh off of their first loss in over a 10 days, the Eastern baseball team never trailed en route to a 12-9 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Belpre, on Thursday night in Washington County.
Eastern (13-4, 12-3) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, when Owen Arix singled home Ethen Richmond, and then scored on a single by Austin Coleman.
The visiting Eagles moved ahead 6-0 in the top of the third, as Nate Durst single home Kaleb Hill, Richmond singled home Josh Brewer, and then both Durst and Richmond scored on a single by Arix.
Eastern’s lead grew to 9-0 in the top of the fourth, when Richmond singled home both Hill and Durst, and then scored on a double by Arix.
Belpre (7-15, 5-10) began fighting back in the bottom off the fourth, scoring four runs on four hits, a walk and an error.
The Green, White and Gold got two of those runs back in the top of the fifth, as Hill singled home Coleman and John Little.
BHS took advantage of four EHS errors in the sixth frame, scoring five runs to cut the Eagle lead to just two runs, at 11-9.
The guests scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning, as Hill drove in Coleman.
Belpre brought the potential game-tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but a flyout to centerfield sealed Eastern’s 12-9 victory.
Brewer earned the pitching victory in relief, striking out one batter in 1.2 innings, while allowing two runs, two hits and three walks. Richmond started and pitched two innings for the victors, striking out four and allowing just one hit. Little pitched the final 4.1 innings, allowing seven runs, on eight hits and a walk.
Bailey Sprague suffered the loss on the mound for Belpre.
Hill led EHS offense, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Arix went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and four RBIs, Richmond was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs, while Coleman was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Durst singled once, scored twice and drove in one run for the victors, Brewer singled once and scored once, while Ryan Harbour singled once and Little scored once.
Adams led the Belpre offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Eastern committed eight errors and left nine runners on base, while the Golden Eagles had two errors and stranded 12 runners.
Eastern also defeated BHS on March 27, by a 10-0 count in Tuppers Plains.
After a trip to Waterford on Friday, EHS will be back in action on Tuesday, when the Eagles host Meigs.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.