Eagles split hardball contests
by Bruce Harper
Mar 25, 2011 | 645 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Pettus Eagles played in San Antonio last Wednesday against the Texas Military Institute and then took on district foe Runge on Tuesday night in Pettus, splitting the two contests.

The TMI contest went to the home team, 6-0, as the Eagle batters were limited to just two hits. TMI scored three runs in the third and added two more runs in the fourth. A single run in the fifth was the end of run production for the night.

Ryan Beck pitched and absorbed the loss to go 1-3 on the young season. Beck struck out nine TMI hitters. Beck also picked up both of the Pettus base hits as he went 2-3 on the night at the plate.

On Tuesday night in Pettus, the Eagles slugged it out with the Yellowjackets in a 11-10 Eagle win.

The game went all the way to the bottom of the seventh before a winner could be declared.

Runge scored two runs in the top of the first, but it was all tied up at the end of two full innings at 2-2. The ‘Jackets stung the Eagles again in the third. This time the visitors pushed across three runs to take a 5-2 lead.

Host Pettus closed the gap by one run, 5-3, by the end of the third, Both teams went scoreless in the fourth. Runge got back the one run in the top of the fourth to again make it a three-run game at 6-3.

The Pettus bats hit hard in the fourth and pushed three runs across home plate to tie the game at 6-6, heading into the final two frames.

Neither team scored in the sixth, but the ‘Jackets erupted for four big runs in the seventh to gain at least a foothold on a victory at 10-6

The Pettus boys had other ideas though and rallied for five runs of their own in the seventh. The winning run was scored with one out in the seventh with Beck scoring on a passed ball to end the game with the Eagles claiming the 11-10 come-from-behind victory.

Coby Gonzales picked up the win in relief of Hunter Tomlin. Gonzales pitched four and a third innings, striking out seven Yellowjackets to improve to 4-1 on the season. Tomlin recorded four K’s in his stint on the mound.

Tomlin was 1-4 on the night with a double, two runs scored and a RBI. Catcher Taylor Yeoman had one hit in five trips with two RBI’s. Beck went 1-for-3 with two walks and scored twice for the Eagles. Gonzales helped himself at the plate with one hit, a run scored and a RBI. James Constante also picked up one hit and a run in four trips to the plate. Tim Gill was 1-for-2 with two RBI’s and one run. Lane Kruger reached base three times in the game for coach Anthony Ramirez on two walks and a Runge error. The split of the two games gives the Eagles a 7-8 overall record and a 1-0 record in District 31-A play.

The Pettus boys played in Kenedy last night (Friday) against the Lions. Tuesday night the Eagles will be in Port Aransas to play the Marlins. The first pitch in that game is slated for 7 p.m.

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