Sunday, April 29, 2007

Eagles outslug Devils, 6-4

What a ride it's been for the Gibbs High Eagles this spring.

Jury duty and Friday deadlines have kept me away from more baseball than I'd liked the past two months. But I took off one afternoon in late March up to Carter High to watch the Eagles dismantle the Hornets. Caught them again yesterday afternoon at Halls. These guys can play some ball, y'all.

Halls got it started early, as left fielder Tyler Brock walked and scored after advancing to second on a wild pitch, to third on a Brent Perry single and scoring on a Gary Cooper sacrifice fly to center.

But the Eagles tied it up the next half inning, when left fielder Matt Sanders singled and later scored from third. Sanders knocked in two more in the third on a monstrous home run shot to center.

There was more to come in the fourth. Center fielder Elijah Bales led off the inning with a homer. Halls right fielder David White then came on in relief of starting pitcher Spenny Fielden. Third baseman Michael Rowe added another dinger a few batters later, scoring himself and starting pitcher Chris Armstrong, who reached on an error.

Halls came clawing back in the bottom of the fourth. Coop scored from third after reaching on an error. They pushed two more runs across in the sixth. Coop and Austin Noe both reached to start the inning, on a walk and single respectively.

But that was all she wrote.

Eagles pitcher Drew Housewright came on from right field to relieve winning pitcher Armstrong after five and one-third innings to earn the save.

Both teams head into district play later this week. Halls concludes the regular season at Farragut tomorrow (Monday, April 30) at 6 p.m.

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