by Gary Stepp
The Alice Lloyd Eagles baseball team was scheduled to host a four game conference matchup on Saturday and Sunday against the University of Rio Grande. The squads were able to play the first date, but saw the final day rained out. Below are recaps of each game.
Rio Grande broke open a close contest in the fifth inning to pull away for the win in game one.
Trailing 2-1 entering the fourth inning, the Eagles saw Rio score 5 big runs; they added 2 insurance runs an inning later. The hosts plated 1 run apiece over the last two innings, but it was too little, too late.
The Eagles bats matched their counterparts with 11 hits apiece, but ALC hurt themselves by stranding 8 important runners.
Ryne Loggins, Austin White, and Greg Wright each smacked 2 hits apiece. Pitcher Chance Westerfield allowed 6 runs while suffering the loss.
Alice Lloyd scored first, but allowed the guests to spread out 6 runs over the final five innings to seal the game.
ALC’s Patrick Barnett drove in the game’s first run in the bottom of the second with a double, but the Eagles struggled to register hits from that point; Rio held them to only 5 for the game while registering 13 of their own.
Pitcher Austin Johnson gave up 6 hits while striking out 1 in suffering the loss.
Rio Grande will return to Pippa Passes on Tuesday to make-up the final two games of the series.