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by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter

Mackenzie Hicks

Mackenzie Hicks

Eagles Baseball returned to the diamond on Wednesday, April 9th, versus non-conference opponent, the University of Pikeville Bears. The Eagles fought hard against their in-state rivals, but came up a little short in the nine-inning game, losing 7-6. The game was played at the Reeve Athletic Field in Pippa Passes, Kentucky.

Mackenzie Hicks took to the mound to start this one-game series for Alice Lloyd. The game was scoreless through the first inning. However, things really got going in the second as UPike scored a run, which was shortly followed by ALC bringing home four to seize the advantage. The Bears would respond, though, sending two more runs across the plate in the third, slicing ALC’s lead to just one (4-3).

UPike would capture the lead for the first time in the fifth, getting two base runners to cross the dish, making it 5-4. Back came the Eagles, though, tying it in their half of the fifth by manufacturing a run. Both teams would tack on another run each in the sixth, but the game turned for good in the eighth inning when UPike was able to claim the go-ahead run. The Eagles fought hard to even the contest, but the Bears would not look back. ALC’s demise came on the defensive end as the team committed six costly errors.

Wyatt Hamilton and Ryne Loggins led the way with two RBIs. Austin White and Shane Pack had one each. Hicks pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up four hits and three runs while the bullpen (Justin Smith, Ryan Burrow, Chance Westerfield and Wayne Sparks) allowed four hits and four runs in six and one-third innings pitched.

The Eagles head out on the road this weekend as they return to conference action, traveling to play Brescia in a four-game series. Saturday’s (April 12th) doubleheader begins at 5 PM. Then, on Sunday, April 13th, first pitch flies at noon.