Knoxville, TN: The Alice Lloyd Eagles baseball team was busy over the weekend as they traveled to the Volunteer state to face the Johnson University Royals in a two-game series on February 16th. Below are recaps of each game.
ALC – 6 | JU – 4
ALC scored 2 in extra inning to put away the opening game.
The Eagles opened the scoring in the second inning. Seniors Peyton Buford and Juan Lander singled, they were driven in on a hit from freshman Nik Johnson. In the fourth, JU tied the contest, but the visitors responded with 1 run in both the fifth and sixth innings to lead 4-2. In the fifth, senior Anthony Jarvis drove in the run with a single while the big hit in the sixth was a double from sophomore Noah Dingess.
The hosts responded in the seventh as the tide turned. First, with two outs, they received back-to-back singles. The next batter then smashed a triple to plate both runners and tie the score at 4-4. The winning run was now just 90 feet from scoring.
Fortunately, ALC senior pitcher Alex White entered the game and promptly popped the next batter up to end the threat.
In extra innings, Alice Lloyd’s Johnson singled once again with 1 out and then advanced to third on an error. When senior Chance Cornett singled, it brought in the go-ahead run. Then an insurance run was gifted as the hosts loaded the bases with two wild pitches and a walk. Eagle senior Wes Hager than brought the run in on a fielder’s choice.
Hager than came on in relief and coolly induced three consecutive fly-outs to end the game. White would lead the way with 3 hits while Dingess, Buford, and Johnson all added 2 hits.
On the mound, freshman Peyton Branham and senior Issac Stephens were solid as the duo combined to pitch 6.2 innings, allowing 7 hits and 4 runs. White earned the victory while Hager took the save.
The victors won the hitting battle, 12-7.
ALC – 7 | JU – 0
In a pitcher’s duel, three Eagle hurlers combined to toss a 3 hit shutout and propel the Caney Creek club to victory in game 2.
The clubs battled through five innings with ALC only receiving 5 hits and JU receiving 3.
The score remained unchanged until the seventh when ALC struck gold. With one out, Jarvis smashed a double, and the next two batters were intentionally walked. Then, Buford grounded out, but Jarvis was able to score the first run of the game.
Johnson then gave a present as the third baseman made a critical error on a grounder, which allowed junior Dalton Cornett to trot home (2-0). The guests had a chance for even more runs but flew out with the bases loaded.
Any hopes the Tennessee club had of another comeback were dashed by Eagle sophomore pitcher Will Gladson. He struck out the first batter but walked the second. Gladson then settled down to whiff the next two batters and end the game on a high note.
Jarvis and Chance Cornett each had 2 hits to pave the way for the victors.
On the mound, freshman Peyton Brown went 4.2 innings, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 2. Junior Adam Carnahan got 2 batters out and got credit for the win. Gladson stuck out 4 batters to earn the save.
The Eagles won the hitting battle 6-3.