by Gary Stepp
The Alice Lloyd Eagles baseball team traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee to face the Tennessee Temple University Crusaders in a three game series over the weekend. Coach Scott Cornett’s club opened the series with a nice win before dropping the final two games.
Senior right fielder Kevin Smith had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s to spark the Eagles in the season opening win. Sophomore shortstop Alex White swatted 3 singles of his own, while centerfielder Trae Minton provided senior leadership with 2 hits and 1 RBI.
The contest was tied at 1-1 heading into the seventh inning before the visitors scored 1 run in each of the final three innings to ice the game.
On the mound, junior Timmy Sublett started the contest and pitched 4 solid innings. He scattered 4 hits and struck out 2 while allowing just 1 earned run. Junior Chance Westerfield then came on in relief and slammed the door. Over the final five innings, he tossed two-hit ball, while striking out 2 batters of his own. His effort earned him the pitching victory.
For the game, ALC rapped 10 hits and committed just 1 error. They left 11 baserunners stranded. The hosts had 6 hits and committed 4 errors. They stranded 8 batters.
Alice Lloyd only had two hits in their first loss of the season.
The hosts struck quickly with 1 run in the first before adding an additional run in the third. They scattered 3 runs over their final three innings. In the meantime, ALC could never get their bats in gear against the Crusaders pitching. Pinch-hitter Tanner Hensley and catcher Patrick Barnett had the lone two singles for Alice Lloyd.
On the mound, the Eagles pitching staff gave a solid performance. The combination of junior Justin Smith, sophomore Aaron Boling, and freshmen duo James Moore and Jake Weaver allowed only 4 hits and 3 earned runs while striking out 6. Unfortunately, the visitors hurt themselves by committing 4 errors compared to Temple’s error-free game.
ALC 1; TTU-4
In the decisive game of the three game series, the visitors outhit their opponents 9-4. Once again, Kevin Smith stepped up along with fellow senior Jake Bales; they each swatted 2 hits. Freshman Austin Thompson had 1 hit and the lone Eagle RBI of the game.
The key to the matchup, however, was the fact that ALC left 15 runners stranded on base. Multiple times during the contest, they had runners in scoring position. Unfortunately, they could not come up with the one crucial hit that would have opened the floodgates and allowed the runs to come pouring in.
On the mound, senior Ryan Burrow started and allowed 3 hits and 1 earned run over three innings of work. Sophomore Logan Condra and the freshman trio of Austin Johnson, Alec Carter, and Jesse Hall provided relief. The foursome combined to give up just 1 hit and 1 earned run, while striking out two.