Eagles fall to .500

By Deron Newman - For The Register-Herald

EATON — After rain cancelled much of the previous week, Eaton’s varsity baseball team was back on the field last week, playing four games in four days. And, after opening the season 3-1, the Eagles are now back to even with a 4-4 overall record.

Eaton split a pair of games against Brookville on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10-11. The Blue Devils took the first game on Eaton’s home field, 7-2. Eaton bounced back on the following night winning 12-5 on the Devils on home field.

In the win on Wednesday, Alex McCarty collected three hits, scored two runs and drove in two runs. Owen Baumann, Alex Almeyda-Roe and Chip Parker added two hits each. Parker, Jordan Turner, and Ryan Venable each had two RBI.

“Ryan Venable set the tone for us with an outstanding start on the mound,” coach Patrick Flanagan said. Venable went 6 and 1/3 innings allowing five runs on nine hits. He showed a lot of heart and grit tonight. He battled through and got outs when we had to have them. “Alex Roe made a few great plays behind him in center field and the entire defense did their jobs (tonight).”

The Eagles were on the road on Thursday and Friday, against Bellbrook and Monroe. Eaton dropped both of those contests.

Against Bellbrook, the Eagles’ defense proved costly as Eaton committed eight errors in a 19-12 loss.

“We made eight errors that cost us,” Flanagan said. “Our pitchers threw strikes, we just did not play defense behind them. Offense was obviously working. When you score 12 runs, you should win.”

The offense was led by Jordan Lewis with three hits, including a double, and three runs batted in. Almeyda-Roe also had three hits with an RBI and three runs scored. Baumann and Parker added two hits each.

Eaton’s offense was stymied on Friday in a 5-0 loss to Monroe. The Eagles were held to just one hit in the loss, while giving up five unearned runs.

“Travis Pittman started the game on the mound and threw well enough to win,” Flanagan said. “I was very impressed with his composure on the mound.”

The loss dropped Eaton’s record to 4-4 on the season.

“We will try to get everything figured out and continue working on the things that have made us successful in the past.” Flanagan added.

Eaton is set to play a pair of games against Valley View on Wednesday, April 18, and then again on the following Friday. They will play in non-league action on Saturday with a double-header against Versailles at home.

By Deron Newman

For The Register-Herald