Eagles rally to mercy-rule Miller

By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com

TUPPERS PLAINS — Apparently, the Eastern High School baseball squad is getting good at the 10-run rule.

That’s because, for the third consecutive contest, the Eagles enforced the mercy rule — and rallied to roll the Miller Falcons 16-6 on Thursday in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division tilt.

But, unlike its back-to-back 10-0 blankings of Federal Hocking (April 8) and Belpre (April 12), Eastern allowed all six of Miller’s runs in the opening inning — before erupting for the final 16.

The Eagles are now 7-4, and 6-2 in the TVC-Hocking, while Miller fell to 1-6 both ways.

Eastern scored single points in the first, fourth and final frames, sandwiched around a seven-run outburst in the second — and a six-run eruption in the fourth.

The game was called following the fifth.

As the entire Miller batting order saw the plate in the opening inning, the Falcons combined four hits, two walks and two Eastern errors for their six runs.

Garrett Bartley capped the spree, off Eastern pitcher Josh Brewer, with a double.

But Brewer gained control and settled down from there, shutting out the Falcons the rest of the way.

He walked two batters to lead off the second, but came back for all three outs — including a pair of strikeouts, part of nine Ks overall.

He struck out the Falcons for all three outs in the third, sandwiched around an error, a hit and a walk.

Brewer retired the side 1-2-3 in the fourth, then struck out three Falcons in the last, as Bartley singled.

All dozen of Eastern’s hits were singles, as Ethen Richmond led the way with three — while Kaleb Hill and Nate Durst dialed in for two.

Brewer, Austin Coleman, Owen Arix, Cameron Richmond and Jesse Morris each mustered singles.

The Eagles ended the game in the fifth, when Hill led off with his third single — and scored two batters later on an Ethen Richmond sacrifice fly.

Coleman and Hill had three runs scored, as Brewer, Durst, Dillon Swatzel and Ethen Richmond registered two apiece.

Morris and Arix added one run each.

The Eagles return home, and return to TVC-Hocking action, on Monday against South Gallia.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs