by Gary Stepp
The Alice Lloyd Eagles baseball team played their toughest opponent of the season on Saturday and Sunday as they hosted nationally ranked Point Park University for a four game series. The Eagles were victorious in the first contest before dropping the final three matches. Below are recaps of each game.
ALC pitcher Aaron Boling tossed 4 2/3 innings of 3 hit ball and allowed only 1 run in leading the hosts to the huge win. The Eagles scored one run apiece in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead. Point Park scored 1 run in the top of the fourth, but Eagles reliever Broderick Moore came on to slam the door shut on the visitors the remainder of the way.
The Eagles bats outhit their counterparts 7-4 as Ronnie Saylor and Austin Thompson each had 2 hits.
Pitcher Boling took the win striking out 4 Pioneer batters while gave up just 3 hits and 1 run. Moore allowed only 1 hit over 2 1/3 innings to earn the save.
The Eagles led 2-1 after three innings but could not hold the advantage.
Centerfielder Trae Minton slammed a triple knocking in both runs before PPU scored 3 runs in the top of the 4th to regain a lead they would not relinquish.
The hosts were outhit 7-3. Pitcher Chance Westerfield suffered the loss on the mound.
The Eagles trailed by just one run after five innings before PPU broke the contest open late.
The Eagles smacked the ball well as they produced 12 hits. Trae Minton and Patrick Barnett led the way with 3 hits apiece while Alex White and Ryne Loggins each had 2. Unfortunately, four costly errors permitted the visitors to break the game wide open.
Pitcher Logan Condra suffered the loss on the mound.
PPU led from start to finish in winning the final game.
Trae Minton and JT Haynes each swatted 2 hits apiece as they accounted for 4 of the Eagles 6 hits.
Pitcher Justin Smith suffered the loss.
Eagles mentor Scott Cornett had high praise for Trae Minton who batted .538 against the conference’s best team (overall, he finished 7-13 with 1 double and 1 triple) as well as Aaron Boling who pitched an excellent opening game. Cornett likes the work ethic of his squad and knows with more experience, his team will continue to improve.