by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
The Alice Lloyd Eagles traveled to Madisonville, Tennessee on Thursday, February 20th, to battle Hiwassee College and hosted Ohio University Chillicothe on Sunday, February 23rd. Here is a recap of the four games.
The first game of the baseball season for Alice Lloyd would see Neil Dillon take the mound for the Eagles. Both teams went scoreless through one, but Hiwassee was able to draw first blood in the bottom half of the second inning, taking a 1-0 lead. Hiwassee tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning to make it 2-0 in favor of the hosts. ALC did pile up six hits, but had nothing to show for it.
Dillon pitched a good game, allowing just those two runs along with four hits while walking two and striking out two in five innings pitched. Timmy Sublett pitched one inning in relief.
In the series finale, Chance Westerfield took to the hill against Hiwassee College. ALC got on the board first with an RBI by Patrick Barnett. Hiwassee tied the score at 1 in the bottom of the second inning. The game really turned in the third inning, however. A five-run third inning gave HC a comfortable 6-1 advantage. Three more runs came across in the fifth to make it 9-1 in favor of the home team.
In two and two-thirds innings, Westerfield surrendered six runs (two earned), two hits and walked three batters. Daniel Burgess, Chris Delgado, Ryan Burrow, Jarrod Tate and Mackenzie Hicks pitched the last three and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs combined.
Justin Smith was named the starter for the opening game of the series against Ohio University-Chillicothe. ALC wasted no time getting on the board, scoring two runs to take an early 2-0 lead after one inning of action. Four more in the second and two more in the third blew the game open, and Alice Lloyd was well on their way to victory, leading by the score of 8-0. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule. ALC put up three more to lock up the victory in the last inning.
Alex Dapkus had a monster game with six runs batted in while Trae Minton drove in two. Shane Pack also had two RBIs, while Tanner Hensley drove home one. It was a nice way to start the season for Smith, going four innings and allowing only two hits and walking three batters. Smith also recorded three Ks, while Timmy Sublett pitched one perfect inning in relief.
Wayne Sparks started the second game of the series with OUC. ALC drove in runs in the first four innings to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Ohio-Chillicothe answered with four runs in the fifth, but the deficit was just too much for the visiting team to overcome.
ALC scored seven runs but was only credited with four RBIs. Austin White knocked home two, while Wyatt Hamilton and Shane Pack had an RBI apiece. Sparks pitched three — walking one, striking out five, and allowing zero hits and zero runs. Chris Delgado, Logan Condra, Jarrod Tate and Mackenzie Hicks pitched the final four innings of relief, allowing three hits and four runs.