Slugfest at Cedarville features 23 total runs
CEDARVILLE -- The Eureka Springs bats were cracking Wednesday afternoon when the Highlanders got into a slugfest with the Cedarville Pirates in a game that saw the teams combine for 23 runs and 19 hits.
Eureka had the tying run on third in the seventh inning after scoring three runs to pull to 11-12, but it was not to be as eight errors scattered throughout the game sank the Highlanders' ship.
"It was a very good ball game, but I was disappointed in the errors," Coach Thomas Achord said. "We batted well in the top and bottom of the lineup, and overall, I was extremely happy. The boys gave 100 percent."
One of the exciting plays of the day came from Cody Lehr, who had been out with an injury. In his first at-bat, down 2-2 in the count, he cranked a home run over the right field fence with Kenny Collins on board for a 2-run shot.
Pitching- Josh Guindon went 6-1/3 innings on the mound, faced 32 batters, had 79 pitches, and had 5 strikeouts against 5 walks. He gave up 5 hits and 5 earned runs, and had 2 hit pitches.
Paul Sebby finished the final 2/3 inning, faced 6 batters, had 1 walk, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run. Kenny Collins caught.
"Josh pitched well enough to win, if we hadn't made all those errors," Coach Achord said.
Hits- Sebby- 3/5, 2 RBI, 4 runs scored, 6 stolen bases (sb); Guindon- 3/5, 2 runs scored, RBI, 3 sb; Brian Adams- 2/5, double, 2 sb, 1 sac fly, 2 RBI; Jesse Alexander- 2/4, 2 sb; Lehr- 2/4, 2-run HR, 2 runs scored, RBI; Collins- 1/4, 2 runs scored.
In the second inning, after Lehr's 2-run homer, senior Paul Sebby used his basketball speed to steal second and third after taking a walk. While talking with Coach Achord at third, Sebby said he could beat a throw home, and did, making it a complete circuit with three stolen bases and a 3-run inning.
The teams went five innings, with Cedarville winning 9-3. Coach Achord said Curtis Earls made an acrobatic catch at shortstop, diving into the dirt to stop a sure double, holding the runner on first.
Achord said he used four pitchers, Taylor Williams, Earls, Adams, and Collins, with Tim Anderson catching, and that the players "had fun."