Grayson, KY: The #4 seeded Alice Lloyd Eagles baseball team (9-41) concluded the season in the Mideast Regional Tournament as they journeyed to Grayson, Kentucky for the NCCAA Mideast Region Tournament. The winner of the double-elimination tournament will advance to the NCCAA Baseball World Series later in the month.
After the dust had settled, ALC would drop their two contests against the #1 seeded Oakland City University Oaks and the #3 seeded Kentucky Christian University Knights.
Game 1: ALC-4; OCU-18
Oakland City (38-21) spread out 17 runs over the first five innings to take the opener.
OCU got on the scoreboard right out of the gate as their leadoff batter homered (1-0). In the second, they would add 2 scores on 2 doubles and a single (3-0).
The Oaks unloaded in the third and fourth. In the third, two more doubles were sandwiched around a pair of singles and produced 5 big runs (8-0). In the very next inning, they repeated themselves spacing out 3 more hits to plate 5 more (13-0).
ALC would be held to just 3 hits during the first five innings. In the bottom of the fifth, OCU rapped 5 more hits, including two more doubles, which enabled 4 runners to reach home (17-0).
The Eagles would finally answer in their next at bat as a two-out double from Noah Dingess (LF) and 2 singles would lead to a burst of 3 runs (17-3). However, with the bases loaded, and a chance to eat deeper into the deficit, the next batter flied out to deep left field.
The Indiana squad would gain 1 run back in their half of the sixth with another double (18-3). The scoring then ended in the seventh when the Caney Creek crew used 2 singles to produce a run (18-4), but they would get no closer.
At the plate, Dingess went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s, while Peyton Brown (1B) added 2 hits.
On the mound, pitcher Peyton Branham started and took the loss. He allowed 6 hits and 6 earned runs in 2.1 innings. Dawson Beckett and Ryan Cozart both tossed in relief, but had a tough go of things as well.
ALC was outhit 17-8 and committed 1 error.
Game 2: ALC-5; KCU-10
The Eagles saw their season come to an end at the hands of KCU (28-27) despite winning the hitting battle on the day.
ALC would strike quickly in their first at bat, utilizing an RBI single from Dingess to leap ahead (1-0). However, the Knights would respond with 3 runs in their first-at-bat, and hold a 3-1 advantage.
In the second, the Eagles would gain 1 run back when Wyatt Crisp (C) drove a pitch over the left field wall (3-2).
Unfortunately, KCU would respond as they scored 3,2, and 2 runs in innings four through six. This would enable them to enter the top of the seventh holding a 10-2 cushion.
The Caney Creek crew would look to rally in the seventh. In that inning, with two men on base, TJ Mullins uncorked a solid 3-run wallop, and made the score 10-5. However, the comeback would fizzle.
From that point, the home club settled down and allowed no more Eagle runs to score, as the Pippa Passes team saw their season come to an end.
At the plate, Crisp finished 3-4, while Mullins and Brown both rapped 2 hits apiece. Mullins provided 3 RBI’s.
On the mound, Chase Conley opened the game and allowed 3 hits and 3 earned runs in 1 inning. Will Gladson, Alex Acey. and DJ Goodin all pitched in relief.
ALC actually won the hitting battle 11-9, and committed just 1 error compared to KCU’s 3. However, they hurt themselves by leaving 11 runners stranded on base.
The Eagles will graduate seniors, Wyatt Crisp, Jake Moran, Chase Madden, Zach Rose, Peyton Brown, and manager Kameron Adams, but Coach Scott Cornett returns everyone else from a relatively young team.