The Alice Lloyd Eagles baseball team hosted the University of Pikeville Bears on April 2nd in a doubleheader. Below are recaps of each game.
ALC – 4 | UPike – 5
UPike would score late and then hold on for the 1-run victory.
The visitors would score quickly in their opening at-bat to go ahead 1-0.
The hosts would answer in the second inning. Alex White blasted a pitch over the left field wall for their first run of the game. Next, Peyton Buford followed with a blast of his own to left-center. Suddenly, The Eagles led 2-1.
The Bears would respond with 1 run of their own in the top of the third to knot things up at 2-2.
The guests would then extend their advantage in the top of the fifth when they plated 1 run. They increased their lead in the sixth when they produced 2 more runs to leap ahead 5-2.
Alice Lloyd would battle furiously to come back. In the sixth, after two Eagle runners reached base, Buford would line a single to score both, and reduce the deficit to just one (5-4).
Later, in their final at-bat in the seventh, the home squad would put the tying run on second base with one out. Unfortunately, the rally would die as the club was unable to get the one critical hit they desperately needed.
On the day, Buford would lead the way, as he smashed a home run and finish 2-3 at the plate while registering 2 RBI’s.
Chase McKinney was the winning pitcher for the University of Pikeville. He lasted five-and-a-third innings, allowing four hits and four runs while striking out two.
Jaycob Banks took the loss. He lasted four and two-thirds innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out five.
Pikeville won the hitting battle, 9-6
ALC – 5 | UPike – 12
The Eagles fell behind quickly and never could recover in dropping a 12-5 decision.
The visitors struck first as they plated 1 run the opening inning, before adding 5 more in the second. Quickly, their lead had grown to 6-0.
The home club would manage to cut somewhat into the deficit, but unfortunately, on this day, it was simply too great to overcome.
For ALC, Gavan Rupe, Reece Ison, and Garret Gay each had two hits to lead the way with Rupe ’s double and 2 RBI’s pacing the club in that department. Noah Dingess also lined a double for the squad.
Peyton Dove took the win for the Bears. He allowed six hits and four runs over five innings, striking out four.
Layne McClure took the loss. He went two and a third innings, allowing six runs on four hits.
The Eagles were outhit 14-7.