Eaton ties win mark, adds to home run record

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

EATON — Eaton’s softball team continued its hot streak last week with a pair of convincing wins.

The Eagles run-ruled Valley View, 20-0, in 5-innings on Monday, April 29 and defeated Arcanum 10-4 on Tuesday.

Eaton improved to 17-3 overall and 8-3 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division with the wins.

The 17 wins ties a school record for most wins in a regular season.

The Eagles were scheduled to close out the regular season on Monday, May 6, with a home game against Bellbrook before beginning sectional tournament play on Tuesday with a home game against Trotwood-Madison.

Against Valley View, a team the Eagles no-hit two weeks ago, Eaton was nearly as dominant the second time around.

Senior pitcher Annika Gels allowed just one hit over five innings and striking out six, while limiting the Spartans to just a pair of base runners.

Eaton got on the board in the first inning when sophomore Lexi Miller singled, scoring two runs. The Eagles added two more in the second for a 4-0 lead.

Eaton added five runs in the third and fourth innings before closing out the scoring with six runs in the fifth.

In the third, the scoring was highlighted by a two-run homer by Miller.

In the fourth, sophomore Erica Wilkinson drove in a pair of runs.

In the fifth, the offense was led by Gels, Rilee Worley, Emily Dungan, Ashley Earley, all driving in runs in the inning.

Gels led off with a home run. Two-outs later, Worley homered for a 16-0 lead and Dungan added a two-run double.

For the game, Eaton collected 19 hits, including three home runs. Six different players had two or more hits.

Senior Becca Mowen was 3-for-5, Miller was 3-for-4, and Shepherd was 3-for-3. Dungan, Earley, and Worley each had two hits.

On Tuesday, the Eagles traveled to once beaten Arcanum where they added to their already school record home run total.

Eaton launched three more home runs as they rallied from an early 4-1 deficit to earn the win.

The Eagles have now hit 24 home runs on the season.

Dungan led off the game with a homer to center, but the Trojans tallied four runs in the bottom of the first on four hits. They managed just five hits the remainder of the game.

Eaton took the lead for good with a five-run third inning, scoring all five runs with two outs.

Shepherd doubled. Earley walked. Gels followed with an RBI single to make it a 4-2 game.

Mowen singled to make it 4-3. Miller followed with a 3-run homer to give the Eagles a 6-4 lead.

Eaton added two more runs in the sixth and seventh, which included a two-run homer by senior Alysa Sorrell.

Gels, Mowen and Shepherd each had two hits to lead Eaton, while Miller drove in a pair of runs.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

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