by Gary Stepp
The Alice Lloyd Eagles baseball team closed their season at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tennessee as they participated in the KIAC Tournament. Below are recaps of each game.
Brescia raced to an 8-0 lead through five innings before being forced to withstand a furious comeback attempt from the Eagles.
Eagle Aaron Boling took to the mound looking to hand ALC the victory, but ran into a hot Bearcat club early. This forced Logan Condra to come off the bench to provide relief. Condra came in and cooled the bats of BU considerably.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles scored 2 runs and they added 1 in the last of the eighth to reduce the deficit to 8-3.
In the bottom of the ninth, things became interesting as Alice Lloyd scored 3 runs to make the score 8-6. With a runner at second and two outs, Eagle Alex White smashed a ball towards the gap which looked like a sure triple. Unfortunately, the Brescia outfielder made an outstanding catch to squash the rally and end the game.
On the day, ALC was outhit 17-11. Jake Bales led the way with 3 hits while Trae Minton and Greg White each added 2.
Boling suffered the loss, allowing 8 runs while striking out 3 batters over the five innings he pitched. Condra allowed 4 hits while giving up no runs.
ALC-7; IU Southeast-8
In the second game, ALC battled the 35-17 Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers. The Eagles played well jumping to a big lead before suffering a heart-wrenching 8-7 defeat.
With this game being win or go home, Coach Scott Cornett elected to use Broderick Moore to take the mound. The move proved wise as Moore pitched 6 innings of masterful ball. He contained the powerful bats of IUS limiting them to just 4 hits while striking out five.
This time it was the Eagles who welded the powerful bats as they exploded for 1 run in the second, 2 in the third, 1 in the fifth, and 3 big ones in the sixth. Entering the seventh inning, ALC was in control 7-2.
Unfortunately, the Grenadier bats woke up in a major way. They scored 2 runs in the seventh and added 4 in the eight to suddenly vault ahead, 8-7.
The Eagles were not able to produce any runs in the ninth inning, bringing their season to a close.
Special thanks to Kari Akins-Huber for photos throughout the season.