Eastern tames Wildcats, 7-3

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

WATERFORD, Ohio — A little revenge on the road.

The Eastern baseball team — which suffered a 2-1 loss to Waterford in 10 innings, on April 1 in Tuppers Plains — got some redemption on Wednesday night, defeating the host Wildcats by a 7-3 count in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division tilt, in Washington County.

The Eagles (10-6, 8-3 TVC Hocking) took the lead with two runs in the top of the opening inning, as Austin Coleman scored on a wild pitch and John Little scored on a Cameron Richmond single.

Waterford (11-6, 10-3) cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second, when Bryce Hilverding singled home Braden Bellville. The hosts took the 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third frame, when Clay Hayes cracked a two-run home run.

Eastern suffered through three straight scoreless frames, but regained the lead in the top of the fifth, as Little tripled home Coleman, and then scored on a single by Cameron Richmond.

Leading 4-3, the Eagles added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning, as Coleman, Little and Cameron Richmond each scored. The hosts were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh, securing the 7-3 victory for the Eagles.

Cameron Richmond struck out 10 batters in a complete game effort and he earned the pitching victory, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks.

Devyn Farley suffered the setback for WHS, allowing seven runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight batters in 6.2 innings. Montana Brooker pitched .1 innings and struck out the only batter he faced.

The EHS offense was led by Little, who was 2-for-4 with one triple, one single, three runs scored and one RBI. Cameron Richmond singled twice, scored once and drove in two runs, Coleman singled once and scored three runs, while Kaleb Hill had one double and one RBI in the win.

Bellville led the led the hosts at the plate with one triple and one double in three at-bats. Hilverding was 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI, while Issac Huffman singled twice in the setback. Hayes hit one home run, scored once and drove in two runs, while Riley Burns marked one single and one run scored.

Both teams committed two errors in the tilt.

After a non-conference clash at Wellston on Thursday, the Eagles return to action on Friday, when Vinton County visits Tuppers Plains.

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

By Alex Hawley