by Gary Stepp
The Alice Lloyd Eagles baseball team traveled north of the border to New Albany, Indiana to take on the Grenadiers of IU Southeast. Here is a game-by-game recap of the four-game series that took place this past Saturday and Sunday.
April 13, 2015
ALC 2; IUS 5
In the series opener, ALC sent Aaron Boling to the hill while IU Southeast opposed with Michael Fitzwater. There was no score through one inning of play, but that changed in the bottom of the second. The Grenadiers were able to bring home four runs to take the lead. The home team was able to add two more in the fourth. Although the Eagles drew four walks, they only managed to get two hits. They also hurt themselves with 5 errors. For the visitors, first baseman Jake Bales and left fielder Ryne Loggins each had 1 hit and 1 RBI. Boling suffered the loss on the mound despite allowing only 2 earned runs. IUS produced 11 hits.
ALC 3; IUS 8
Jake Weaver started the second game for the Eagles while Clint Chestnut was on the mound for the Grenadiers. IU Southeast got things rolling early to take a 2-0 lead through one inning of action. They would add 2 more runs in each of the next two innings to lead 6-0. Alice Lloyd fought back with a 2 run fourth and added 1 more in the top of the sixth to make things interesting, but the hosts salted away the win with 2 of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Jake Bales swung a big bat as he had 3 of the Eagles 8 hits while Ryne Loggins added two of his own. Weaver only allowed 4 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 2, but still lost the decision. Each squad had 8 hits.
ALC 2; IUS 5
Austin Johnson was given the ball for game three, with Neil Rupe named the starter for the IU Southeast. This would turn out to be a pitcher’s duel as the bats were relatively silent. IU Southeast got their runs with 2 in the second and 1 each in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Johnson and reliever Broderick Moore kept the Eagles close, but the visitors could not get a rally going. ALC was only outhit 8-7. Shortstop Austin White went 3-3 with 1 RBI while Ryne Loggins drove in the other run. Johnson dropped the decision; he allowed 5 hits and also recorded 3 K’s.
ALC 3; IUS 9
Any hopes of a split on the day were quickly dashed by 5 IUS runs to open the contest as Justin Smith took the mound against the hosts Shane Weedman. The visitors fought back as they plated 1 run in the third and 2 more in the fourth to reduce the deficit to 5-3. Unfortunately, the Grenadiers saw 4 runners cross the plate in the bottom half of the inning to ice the day.
Left fielder Austin Thompson had 2 hits while designated hitter Greg Wright smacked a key 2 run double. The Eagles actually outhit their counterparts (7-6) as the hard- lucked looser Smith allowed just 6 hits on the mound while relievers Broderick Moore and Alec Carter tossed 2.1 innings of no hit ball. Unfortunately, the visitors could not get the one key hit when they needed it most.