Knoxville, TN: The Alice Lloyd Eagles baseball team traveled to the Volunteer state to face the Johnson University Royals. The thrilling, two-game series on April 18th, saw both contests go into extra innings. Below are recaps of each game.
ALC – 7 | JU – 8 (Eight Innings)
JU scored 1 in the bottom of the eighth to put away the opening game in extra innings.
The Eagles opened the scoring in the second inning when Chase Madden’s single drove in 1 run.
In the fifth, with the score knotted at 2-2, ALC made their move. Alex White and Peyton Buford would both crush a homer to spark a 4 run blitz and give their squad a 6-2 advantage.
The Royals earned 1 run back in their next at-bat and then would tie the game once more in the sixth, on the strength of their own home-run.
The visitors responded by pushing home 1 run in the seventh, courtesy of an error by the hosts. Now, they would try desperately to hold on to the slim lead. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be as JU managed to get a game-tying single in their final turn at bat to send the game into extra-duty.
In the eighth after ALC went down, Johnson got a runner on base. They would then deliver a clutch hit to drive in the winning run.
White and Garret Gay would finish with 3 hits each while Madden and Chance Cornett both had 2. Dalton Cornett added a triple.
Buford, White, and Madden all recorded 3 RBI’s.
On the mound, Zach Wyatt was credited with the win. Matt Brown started for the Eagles, allowing 7 runs and registering 6 strikeouts. White came on in relief and was credited with the loss.
Johnson won the big-hitting battle, 17-15.
ALC – 9 | JU – 5 (Eight Innings)
For the second consecutive game, ALC and JU battled into extra innings. However, this time, the outcome was more pleasing to the Eagle fans.
Alice Lloyd struck first with 2 runs in the opener. The big blows were a double from Luis Carillo and a triple from Dalton Cornett.
After JU earned 1 run back in the bottom of the inning, ALC used 3 singles and a Juan Lander double to earn 2 more runs, and lead 4-1.
The score remained unchanged until the sixth when the Eagles struck again. Two singles and a fielder’s choice produced another score. Now leading 5-1, things were looking pretty good for the Caney Creek club.
Unfortunately, Johnson fought back. With 2 outs, they would receive a home run and 3 more hits. Suddenly the score read 5-5.
A scoreless seventh led to extra innings for the second game. However, at this point, the tide finally turned in the Eagles favor.
In the top half of the eighth, 3 hits and 2 critical errors helped Alice Lloyd produce 4 giant runs to lead 9-5.
Now was the time for Eagle pitching to come through, and come through they did. JU saw their first 2 batters go down harmlessly. A walk gave them a flicker of hope, but the next batter flew out to end the game.
Lander, Carillo, and Gavan Rupe each had 2 hits with Buford and White leading the way with 2 RBI’s.
On the mound, Chance Cornett started and went five innings. He allowed 5 runs while whiffing 8 Royal batters. Noah Rasnick tossed the final two innings. He gave up 0 runs and 0 hits to earn the victory. Noah Malicoat suffered the loss.
The Eagles won the hitting battle 12-7, and JU committed 5 crucial errors.