PIPPA PASSES, Ky. – The Alice Lloyd College Eagles baseball team hosted the Hiwassee Tigers for a three-game series over the weekend. Below are recaps of each contest.
ALC – 1 | HC – 2
The Eagles received a solid pitching effort, but a run in extra-inning led to their demise.
Each team had runners in scoring position early, but none were able to cross home plate due to good defense. The hosts made a great play to end the top of the fourth as the Tigers smashed a deep, two-out double to center field and looked to score a runner from first. Fortunately, Caleb Mills made a quick relay to Chance Cornett at short who fired a rocket to catcher Dalton Cornett for the tag to end the threat.
The scoring drought finally ended in the sixth when Hiwassee had a runner reach on an error, and he promptly stole second. The next batter lined a single to give his club a 1-0 advantage.
Things remained the same until the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Dalton Cornett smacked a double to left. After a pop fly led to the second out, Chance Cornett delivered a clutch single up the middle to tie the contest at 1-1.
In the eighth, after mowing down HC in order, the Eagles placed runners on first and second but failed to score. In the ninth, the visitors received a single and promptly stole second. Next, two consecutive sacrifice flies permitted the runner to advance to third and home for the 2-1 edge.
Once again in need of a score, the home club’s Bristol McGee gave hope when he singled. Unfortunately, the other batters each flew out to end the contest.
The mound-work was just enough for Hiwassee as three pitchers allowed 11 hits, but only 1 run. Ryan Keefe took the victory. Alec Carter started for the Eagles and went 7 innings, allowing only 4 hits and 1 run. Austin Johnson suffered the loss in relief as he gave up 1 hit and 1 run over the 2 innings he threw.
Chance Cornett went 2-3 at the plate while Bristol McGee and Ethan Osborne each had 2 hits. ALC fell despite outhitting their foes 11-4. The Tigers helped themselves with 5 stolen bases.
ALC – 3 | HC – 2
Game 2 was another tight matchup, but this time, things went in the Eagles favor.
Things started poor for ALC as their visitors scored two runs in the third to lead 2-0.
The Eagles then responded with their best offensive inning of the day. In the bottom of the fifth, Garrett Gay was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on Juan Landers double to left. Next, Hayden Martin smacked a double to left to score both runners and tie the contest. That was followed by a clutch single to left from Isaac Stephens to give the hosts a 3-2 advantage.
Karson Glancy then came on in for relief of Levi Martin to seal the deal, and he pitched two innings of shutout action to sew up the save while Martin earned the win. The two hurlers combined to allow 2 earned runs while walking 2 and striking out 4. Dalton Langston suffered the defeat.
ALC was outhit 8-6 as six different batters had a hit.
ALC – 1 | HC – 4
The Eagles received a solid pitching effort but fell in the late innings.
The contest was scoreless until the fifth when the Tigers scored one run on a fielder’s choice grounder. They would add a second run one inning later on a single to lead 2-0.
The hosts gained one of those back in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Mullins doubled to left and advance to third on a Garrett Gay single to left. Austyn Turner’s groundout would drive the run in. However, HC earned that run back in their next at-bat on two singles and a sacrifice fly. They then doubled to make the score 4-1.
In their final at-bat, the home club would place runners on second and third with only one out, but they would ground into a double play to end the day.
Cameron Alday took the victory as he allowed 4 hits and 1 run over 5 innings. Jake Weaver suffered the tough loss as he gave up just 4 hits and 2 runs over the 5.1 innings he threw.
Dalton Cornett went 3-3 at the plate as ALC was outhit 8-6.