TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Eastern baseball team rallied back from an early four-run deficit by scoring six unanswered runs Monday night en route to an all-important 6-4 victory over visiting Wahama in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Meigs County.
The Eagles (11-7, 9-3 TVC Hocking) handed the White Falcons (12-6, 11-2) their fourth consecutive setback while also avenging an 8-0 loss at J.C. Cook Field back on April 6. The outcome also allowed EHS to join both Waterford and Trimble with three losses apiece in the league standing, leaving them all just one game back of league-leading WHS.
The White Falcons produced four hits and benefited from an error in the opening half inning, which allowed the Red and White to secure a commanding 4-0 cushion.
Jared Nutter, Philip Hoffman, Mason Hicks and Colton Arrington all had hits and scored during the top of the first, with Tyler Grimm also reaching on an error that allowed the guests to double their lead from 2-0 to 4-0.
The Eagles, however, got a little help in mounting their comeback as John Little received a one-out walk and later scored on an error that allowed Cameron Richmond to reach base safely, then Richmond scored on an error that allowed Josh Brewer to reach base — making it a 4-2 contest after one full inning of play.
EHS closed to within a run in the bottom of the third as Brewer singled home Richmond for a 4-3 contest, then the hosts took a permanent lead in the fourth after plating three scores for a 6-4 edge.
Austin Coleman and Little provided back-to-back one-out singles, then Richmond singled in Coleman for a four-all contest. There was also an error during the Richmond single that allowed Little to score for a 5-4 lead. Richmond later scored on a two-out single by Brewer, which ultimately wrapped up the scoring in the inning and in the game.
Wahama had one last golden opportunity in the sixth after loading the bases with nobody out, but the Eagles recorded two strikeouts and second baseman Ethen Richmond made a nice snag on a pop-up to get out of the threat unscathed.
Eastern outhit the guests by a 9-8 overall margin and committed three of the seven errors in the contest. The hosts stranded nine runners on base, while Wahama left eight on the bags.
Cameron Richmond was the winning pitcher of record after allowing four runs (two earned), eight hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out six. Mason Hicks took the loss after surrendering six runs (four earned), nine hits and five walks over six frames while fanning eight.
Coleman, Brewer and Cameron Richmond led EHS with two hits apiece, followed by Little, Kaleb Hill and Nate Durst with a safety each. Brewer knocked in a team-high two RBIs, while Cameron Richmond led the hosts with three runs scored.
Hicks and Jared Oliver paced WHS with two hits apiece, followed by Nutter, Hoffman, Arrington and Dalton Kearns with a safety each. Hoffman and Hicks each knocked in a run and scored once in the setback.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.