by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
After dropping the first three contests of a four-game road set to Brescia, the Eagles were able to get out of town with a 12-6 victory over the league #2 Bearcats at Schadler Field. What follows is an overview of the series, which took place on April 12th and 13th.
Senior pitcher Wayne Sparks was given the start for the Eagles. Three runs in the first gave Brescia a 3-0 advantage. By the time ALC got their only run, Brescia had already put up seven runs on the board. Brescia continued to pour it on in the fifth and sixth innings, adding seven in the fifth and four in the sixth.
Wyatt Hamilton produced the only RBI for Alice Lloyd. Sparks gave up nine runs and ten hits in the four innings he attempted. The bullpen pitched the final two innings, surrendering six hits, five base on balls, and eleven runs.
Justin Smith was given the ball for game two. In the top of the first, ALC got on the board with one run; however, BU’s bats were wide awake out of the gates, accounting for six runs to take a 6-1 lead through one. Alice Lloyd added a run in the top of the fifth inning (7-2), but the Bearcats removed any question as to whether the Eagles could rally on their turf, bringing home four runs to put the game out of reach.
Austin White, Wyatt Hamilton and Alex Dapkus had the RBIs for ALC. Smith could not get out of the first, pitching just two-thirds of an inning while allowing six runs on three hits. He also walked four batters. The bullpen pitched the other five and one-thirds innings, giving up seven hits and six runs (four earned).
Sophomore Chance Westerfield toed the mound to start the series on Sunday. ALC scored first, but the lead was short-lived as BU drove home three to go ahead. The Bearcats went on to extend their lead by four in the third.
This game would be a lot like the first two with Brescia increasing their advantage with each passing inning.
Tanner Hensley drove home ALC’s only run. Two innings pitched by Westerfield as the young pitcher allowed eight hits and seven runs. The bullpen allowed six hits and three runs in four innings.
Veteran Neil Dillon took took over the pitching duties for the final game of the four-game set. Turning the tables on the conference rivals, the Eagles jumped out front first, scoring three runs in the second. However, Brescia was able to stem this early tide, scoring two runs in their half of the inning.
ALC would go on to score in every inning after that (one in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh). This scoring consistency allowed Alice Lloyd to rally and prevent the sweep. The Eagles also pounded out a whopping twenty hits in the game.
Dillon gave the bullpen a much-needed break as the senior went the whole game, striking out seven batters despite allowing fourteen hits and six runs.
The Eagles return to action on Wednesday, April 16th for a scrimmage at New River Community College. The team will complete the regular season on April 17th and 18th as they battle Asbury in Pippa Passes. Thursday’s doubleheader begins at 1 PM, and on Friday, which has been designated “Senior Day” for the ALC baseball team, the first pitch flies at noon.