Knoxville, TN: The visiting ALC Eagles took to the Volunteer State on April 6th to face the Johnson University Royals in a twin bill. When the dust had settled, the Eagles returned to Caney Creek with two nice victories.
Game 1: Alice Lloyd-12; JU-1
Alice Lloyd wasted no time jumping ahead in the second when senior Wyatt Crisp(c) doubled and later scored on a fielder’s choice (1-0).
The Pippa Passes boys then went bat-happy over the next two innings. In the third, 4 runs would score as 2 singles, a double, and a big triple from sophomore Anthony Jarvis(1b) led to the windfall (5-0).
Then, one inning later, the floodgates opened. Sophomore Cannon Ferrell(cf) led off the fifth with a double and trotted home following senior Dalton Cornett’s(2b) triple. Cornett would then score on a single. Later in the inning, a single, followed by the second double of the game from Crisp, put two runners in scoring position. Finally, senior Logan Gibbs(dh) cleared the bases with a smash over the left-field wall, to give his squad a commanding 11-0 lead.
JU would score 1 run in the bottom of the inning (11-1) only to watch their visitors gain it right back in the top of the fifth. In that inning, after the first two batters flied out, a single was followed by Cornett’s second triple of the contest (12-1). That effectively ended the matchup.
At the plate, Cornett would finish 3-4 with two triples, and tied Gibbs and Crisp with 3 RBI’s. Ferrell went 2-3 with two doubles.
On the mound for the Caney Creek club, Chase Conley(p) was in total command, as he allowed only 3 hits and 1 run in a complete game gem.
The visitors outhit the host club 13-3, and had 2 errors.
Game 2: Alice Lloyd-6; JU-5
Johnson was determined to produce a different outcome in this matchup, and they struck quickly. They would use two hits and a wild pitch to produce two runs (0-2).
Things remained unchanged until the fourth as ALC took a 3-1 lead in that inning. They received the runs with a single, and back-to-back doubles from Gibbs(dh) and senior Reece Ison(lf).
JU would respond in their next at bat as they used two double to produce three runs of their own (5-2).
Fortunately, in the top of the sixth, the Caney Creek boys would find an answer. 2 walks combined with 2 well-placed singles permitted 3 important runs runs to cross the plate (6-5).
Eagle Coach Scott Cornett elected to bring in pitcher Will Gladson (p) to preserve the slim lead. The coach’s faith was rewarded as Gladson promptly set the Royals down in order, with back-to-back strikeouts and a feeble grounder.
After the Eastern Kentucky team went down in the top of the final inning, JU tried to rally. They registered a single, but then, the door was slammed shut as the final two batters flied out to end the contest.
At the plate, sophomore TJ Mullins went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Ison finished 2-3 with a double. Gibbs added 2 RBI’s.
Three pitchers took to the mound for the Caney Creek club with Gladson earning the victory.
The visitors outhit JU 10-8 and played error-free ball.