TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Talk about your pitchers’ duel.
The Eastern and Waterford baseball teams combined for 27 strikeouts and just 12 hits on Friday night, as the visiting Wildcats came away with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings over their Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host.
The Eagles (3-1, 3-1 TVC Hocking) scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the opening inning, as Owen Arix singled and later scored on Josh Brewer’s two-out single.
Waterford (5-2, 5-0) was held scoreless for the first two innings, but the guests broke through in the third frame as Cameron Bosner doubled and came around to score on a two-out single by Braden Bellville.
After six scoreless frames Waterford’s Isaac Huffman drew a base on balls to start the top of the 10th. Clay Hayes came through with a two-out double for the Wildcats, plating Huffman and giving WHS a 2-1 advantage. Eastern was retired in order in the bottom of the 10th and WHS claimed the one-run win.
Eastern senior Cameron Richmond suffered the setback, allowing one run on four hits and one walk in four innings of relief work. EHS starting pitcher Austin Coleman gave up one run on three hits and two walks in six innings on the mound. Richmond struck out six Wildcats, while Coleman fanned 10.
Coleman led the Eagles at the plate with one double and one single in three at-bats, while Brewer was 2-for-4 with two singles and a run batted in. Arix was 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored in the setback.
Bosner led the guests offensively, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, one single and one run scored, while Bellville was 3-for-5 with three singles and one RBI. Hayes went 1-for-5 with one double and one RBI in the win, while Huffman scored one run.
Eastern will look for redemption on April 20, when these teams collide in Washington County.
The Eagles — who clashed with Meigs in a non-conference double header on Saturday — continue non-league play on Tuesday when Nelsonville-York visits Tuppers Plains.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.