Eagles split double header with South Webster

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — What goes around, comes around.

The Eastern baseball team earned a 13-3 mercy rule victory in the opening game of Saturday’s non-conference twinbill with South Webster, but the visiting Jeeps claimed the second game by a 19-6 count, in five innings.

The Eagles (8-6) scored the day’s opening run with no outs in the bottom of the first inning, when Owen Arix singled home Austin Coleman, who doubled to start the frame.

South Webster was held scoreless for the first three innings of game one, but the Jeeps tied it up in the top of the fourth, when Trevor Coriell drew a base on balls, and then scored on an error.

However, EHS got the run right back in the bottom of the fourth, when Ethen Richmond singled home Kaleb Hill.

The Jeeps pulled into the lead in the top of the fifth, as Alek Blevins singled home Blake Fulk, and then Shane Zimmerman scored on an error.

The SWHS lead was short-lived, however, as the Eagles posted nine runs on eight hits, two walks and one error, in the bottom of the fifth inning. Trailing 11-3, South Webster was retired in order in the top of the sixth.

Hill doubled and then scored on an error to start the bottom of the sixth, for the Green and Gold. Ethen Richmond — who reached base on the SWHS mishap — was doubled home by EHS senior Dillon Swatzel, capping off the 13-3 EHS victory.

Eastern senior Cameron Richmond struck out eight batters in a complete game effort and was the winning pitcher of record, after allowing three runs, one earned, on one hit and six free passes.

Coleman led the Eagle offense by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, one single, three runs scored and one RBI, while Hill was 2-for-3 with one double, one single, three runs scored and one RBI. Cameron Richmond was 2-for-4 with one double, one single, one run scored and one RBI, Ethen Richmond was 2-for-4 with two singles, two runs scored and two RBI, while Arix was 2-for-4 with two singles, one run scored and one RBI.

Swatzel doubled once, scored once and drove in two runs for the hosts, Jesse Morris singled once, scored once and drove in one run, Josh Brewer added one single and one run scored, while Nate Durst had one single and two RBI in the win.

Blevins had the lone hit for SWHS and he drove in one run, while Coriell, Fulk and Zimmerman each scored once in the setback.

In the opening game, EHS had three errors and left six runners on base, while the Jeeps committed two errors and left seven runners stranded.

The guests took advantage of what was given to them in the top of the first inning of the second game, as South Webster scored five runs on two hits, three free passes and a pair of Eagle errors.

Eastern cut the deficit to two runs in the bottom of the first, as Arix, Hill and Morris each crossed home plate.

The Jeeps got all three runs back in the top of the second inning, however, as four hits and one, two-out, error led to three runs.

EHS began chipping away at the 8-3 deficit in the bottom of the second, as Cameron Richmond doubled Durst and John Little, both of whom singled with one-out in the inning.

South Webster had another big inning in the third, as four runs scored on four hits and two errors. EHS scored once in the third, cutting the Jeeps’ lead to 12-6.

After a scoreless fourth frame for both sides, the guests piled on with seven runs on three hits, four errors and one hit batter in the top of the fifth.

EHS was hitless in the bottom of the fifth, and South Webster claimed the 19-6 mercy rule win.

Little — who struck out one batter in 4.1 innings on the mound — took the pitching loss for Eastern, allowing 18 runs, two earned, on 12 hits, three walks and three hit batters. Morris pitched the final .2 innings and allowed one unearned run and one hit. Blevins earned the pitching victory for the guests.

Morris led Eastern at the plate in the loss, going 2-for-3 with two singles, one run scored and one RBI. Ethen Richmond doubled once, scored once and drove in one run, Cameron Richmond added one double and two RBI, while Hill, Little and Durst each singled once and scored once. Arix scored one run to round out the EHS offense.

Bradley Gee led the Jeeps at the plate, going 3-for-3 with one double, two singles, two runs scored and two RBI. Nate Hadinger was 3-for-5 with three singles and two RBI, while Fulk, Zimmerman and Blevins each scored three times in the win.

In the second game, Eastern had nine errors and seven runners left on base, while SWHS had one error and eight runners stranded.

After meeting with South Gallia on Monday, EHS will return to the diamond on Wednesday, when the Eagles visit Waterford.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley