by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
The Eagles baseball team played host to the Asbury University Eagles on April 17th and 18th for a four-game set. On Friday, April 18th, Alice Lloyd celebrated “Senior Day,” giving special recognition to the team’s senior student-athletes: Shane Pack, Josh Mills, Neil Dillon, Bobby Caldwell, Derek Walzer, Dustin Williams, Ben Ray, Wayne Sparks, and Will Hamilton. What follows is a recap of the series.
Freshman Chris Delgado started the opening game of the series for ALC. Asbury pounced on the opportunity to score in the very first inning, plating two runs. Two more in the top of the third would see Asbury take a 4-0 lead.
ALC got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the third. Asbury scored once more in the fifth, but Alice Lloyd continued to chip away at the deficit, getting two runs in the sixth.
Unfortunately, AU dealt a severe blow to ALC’s comeback hopes in the seventh, bringing home four runs to make it 8-3. Alice Lloyd would score one in the last inning, but it was not enough.
Bobby Caldwell, Alex Dapkus and Ryne Loggins drove in runs for the home team. Delgado went four and a-third innings, surrendering six hits and five runs (three earned), while walking one and K’ing three batters. Chance Westerfield pitched two and two-thirds in relief, allowing two hits and three runs, although none of those runs were earned. The sophomore also struck out three.
Scott Cornett elected Logan Condra to take to the bump in the Thursday nightcap. Alice Lloyd scored first in this contest, getting one in the first to take the early advantage. AU tied it in the third inning, producing a run of their own.
The difference would come in the sixth inning as Alice Lloyd manufactured one run to take a lead that they would not give up.
Ryne Loggins came through again for the Eagles as he had one of the two RBIs for ALC while Ronnie Saylor drove home the other run. Logan Condra had a fabulous outing. The freshman pitched a complete game, allowing only four hits and one run.
Neil Dillon was named the starting pitcher for game three of the series. Both teams scored in the first inning, getting a man across, but Alice Lloyd got the game-deciding run in the second inning.
For the second consecutive game, it would be a tremendous pitcher’s duel. ALC’s Dillon pitched a gem; the senior gave up six hits but only one run while striking out nine. Alex Dapkus and Shane Pack produced the “ribbies” for the Eagles.
Wayne Sparks pitched the last game of the four-game set for the Eagles. Both teams went through the first inning scoreless, but AU had their big inning in the second, bringing home four. Alice Lloyd would score their lone run in the fifth inning.
Asbury continued to bring runners home in the sixth and seventh innings, eliminating any hopes for a possible Alice Lloyd rally.
Wyatt Hamilton had the only RBI for ALC. Sparks labored through two innings, surrendering seven hits and four runs.Timmy Sublett came on in relief for Sparks. Sublett pitched the final five innings, giving up six hits and four runs (three earned).
Next up, the Eagles go on the road to participate in the KIAC Tournament.