The Alice Lloyd Eagles baseball team (9-40) concluded the regular portion of their season by playing five games over three days: two at home with both Brescia University (KY) and Miami Hamilton (OH), and one at Bluefield State (WV).
The visitors spread out 11 runs over the final three innings to take the opener.
BU got on the scoreboard in the second inning when a triple and double led to 3 scores (3-0).
ALC would answer in their next at-bat as a solid double from Caleb Justice (SS) and a balk drove in a run (3-1).
In the Bearcat fifth, 3 hits produced 4 runs (7-1) and they followed that up with a big 6-run sixth, to pull away, 13-1. In the seventh, a solo blast plated their final score (14-1).
Alice Lloyd would score in their last chance when Jacob Lovell (DH) drove a fastball out of the park for 2 runs (14-3). Unfortunately, that was as close as the hosts could get.
At the plate, TJay Mullins (3B) went 2-3 while Lovell produced 2 RBIs.
On the mound, pitcher Peyton Branham started and took the loss. He allowed 7 hits and 7 earned runs in 4.2 innings while whiffing 3 batters. Mason Bryant and Jacob Frye both threw in relief.
ALC was outhit 15-6 and committed 2 errors.
The Bearcats broke away from a tie at the end to earn the sweep.
BU opened the scoring in the second as 2 hits led to 3 runs (3-0) The. Pippa Passes crew earned 1 run back when Noah Dingess (LF) opened things with a solo shot over the right-field wall (3-1).
In the third, Brescia smacked a homer to gain back the momentum (5-1), and things remained the same until the bottom of the fifth.
The fifth would prove fruitful to the hometown boys. After loading the bases, TJay Mullins promptly cleared them with a mammoth shot to center field. Just like that, the contest was knotted at 5-5.
BU earned 2 runs in the top of the sixth (7-5) but went down with the bases still loaded. However, ALC was unable to capitalize in their next at-bat despite putting the leadoff hitter on base.
In the seventh, a solo blast provided BU with some insurance (8-5). Down to their final opportunity, ALC would go down in order.
On the day, Mullins and Caleb Horton (2B) would both rap 2 hits while Mullins provided 4 huge RBIs.
Dawson Beckett started, allowing 12 hits and 7 runs over 5.2 innings, with 4 K’s. Alex Acey suffered the defeat in relief as he allowed just 1 hit and 1 run over 1.1 innings.
The Eagles finished with 8 hits, compared to the visitors’ 13.
A walk-off single gave the Eagles the thrilling series-opening victory.
ALC would strike quickly in their first at-bat, utilizing a walk, steal, and single to plate a run (1-0).
However, in the second, 3 gift errors from the hosts handed the Harriers 2 runs right back (2-1). MH would repeat the same scoring in the fourth, by virtue of 3 hits (4-1).
In the bottom of the inning, Dingess would stroke a solo shot to the left that produced a needed run (4-2).
The Eagles would then tie things once more in the sixth when Mullins uncorked a mighty 2-run wallop (4-4).
The Ohio club would produce a single run in the seventh aided by another ALC error (5-4), only to see the Caney Creek Club’s Mullins come through in the clutch with a 2-out, RBI single (5-5).
In extra innings, the Harriers had a man on second but saw their final two batters ground out to end their opportunity.
In the Bluegrass boys’ portion of the eighth, Peyton Brown (1B) led off with a double and was later sacrificed to third. Eventually, with 2 outs, Kamden Powell showed true grit as he lined a single to center to bring in the game-winner and chalk up the victory in the Eagles’ column.
At the plate, Mullins continued his steady play going 3-3 with 3 RBIs. Brown and Powell would produce 2 hits apiece.
Chase Conley went the distance and snagged the win. He allowed 7 hits and just 2 earned runs in 8 innings, ALC won the hitting battle 10-5 and overcame 4 critical errors.
A massive six-run inning proved to be enough to lead ALC to the nice sweep.
The Pippa Passes crew would attack viciously in the second, as 8 big hits, capped off by a Kason Hofsess 3-run blast to left, produced 6 scores (6-0).
After Hamilton earned 1 run back in the third (6-1), the Eagles promptly produced 2 of their own when Dingess would stroke a 2-run shot to left (8-1).
The Ohio squad would make things shaky in the sixth when they rode 4 hits, including a bomb of their own, to plate 4 scores (8-5). However, after a leadoff double in the seventh, their next three batters went down harmlessly to conclude the action.
At the plate, Hofsess went 3-4 with 3 RBI’s while Dingess and Isaiah Beckett (LF) added 2 hits apiece.
Will Gladson went the distance and snagged the win. He allowed 9 hits and 5 earned runs in 7 innings.
ALC won the hitting battle 12-9.
The Eagles made a gallant comeback before fading late in a single nine-inning contest against the NCAA DII squad.
BSU opened the scoring out of the gate as 4 hits led to 3 runs (3-0) The. Pippa Passes crew earned 2 runs back when Hofsess tripled in two scores (3-2).
In the fourth, ALC would tie things after Dingess doubled and scored on Wyatt Crisp’s (C) single (3-3).
Bluefield would squeak ahead on a double in their half of the inning (4-3), but they would apply real pressure in the fifth.
The fifth would see the Big Blues use a double to plate 3 runs and pump up the advantage (7-3).
Fortunately, in the seventh, three well-placed singles would allow the Caney Creek boys to earn 2 runs back (7-5).
However, the Mountaineer club would use 2 giant doubles in the eighth to seize momentum once again, and leap ahead, 10-5.
Down to their final at-bat, Alice Lloyd made things interesting as they used 3 singles and a Hofsess double to slice the deficit to just two (10-8). Disappointingly, with the go-ahead run at the plate, the final Eagle batter would go down on strikes.
On the day, Hofsess and Crisp would both bang 3 hits while Mullins and Nick Vankeuren (RF) provided 2 each. Cannon Ferrell (CF) contributed 3 nice RBIs.
Ryan Cozart started, allowing 11 hits and 4 earned runs over 6 innings, with 6 K’s Alex Acey pitched the final two innings and added 3 more strike-outs to the total.
The Eagles finished with 13 hits, compared to the visitors with 14.
3 errors by the visitors proved costly.