Eagles still in hunt for league title

By Deron Newman - For The Register-Herald

EATON — The Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division varsity baseball champion will be determined in the final week of the regular season as three teams are still in contention – including Eaton at 7-2. The Eagles open the week a game behind Oakwood in the standings.

The Lumberjacks (9-1 in the SWBL, 19-4 overall) suffered their first league loss of the season last week, dropping a 3-1 game to Monroe. Their only remaining league games are with Eaton, on Wednesday and Friday.

Monroe is also in the race for the title at 6-2 going into the final week. The Hornets have scheduled games against Franklin (2), Valley View and Brookville remaining.

Eaton was scheduled to start the week on Tuesday, May 2, at Franklin, completing a suspended game from earlier in the season. They will then host the Lumberjacks on Wednesday and travel to Oakwood on Friday.

The Eagles played a pair of SWBL non-divisional games last week. They defeated Milton-Union on Tuesday, April 25, 15-4. On the following day they travelled to Carlisle and came away with a 3-1 win. The win over Carlisle was Eaton’s fifth in a row and snapped the Indians seven-game winning streak.

The Eagles (13-5) earned the No. 9 seed in the upcoming Division II, Dayton 2 sectional tournament. They will open tournament play on Tuesday, May 9, at home, against No. 16 Trotwood-Madison (2-12). The winner will meet top-seeded Hamilton Ross (17-3), at Ross, on Thursday, May 11. The sectional final is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, at Lemon-Monroe High School. The lower half of the bracket includes No. 8 Monroe versus No. 19 Meadowdale and No. 20 Thurgood Marshall against No. 6 Clinton-Massie.

By Deron Newman

For The Register-Herald