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Big first inning spurs Eagles to 8–5 win over Lavaca

In the bottom of the first inning, the Eagle baseball team put five runs on the board and were well on their way to capturing an 8–5 victory over the Lavaca Golden Arrows last week.

Dalton Nehus led off the bottom of the first with a single and stole his way to second. Gage Hampton ripped a double to center to score Nehus. Carlos Guaderrama then reached on an error and David Buchanan doubled to score Hampton and lead runners on second and third. Casey Dishongh grounded out to first to score Buchanan and put Guaderrama at third with one out. Coronado then doubled to score Buchanan. Hibbs followed with a walk, and Dewitt reached on an error while Coronado was thrown out at third for the second out of the inning. McClure then singled to score Higgs and leave runners at the corners. Nehus came back to the plate for his second time in the inning but his sharp grounder to short was scooped up and the third out was recorded leaving the Eagles with a 5–0 lead after one inning of play.

Lavaca got one run back in the top of the second. Voss led off with a single to left and took second on Headley’s groundout to short. Morris then singled to center to score Voss. Brown and Franklin reached base but were left standing at Crossland struck out swinging.

The Golden Arrows added another run in the top of the third. Graham led off with a single to left but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice on Graves’ grounder to third. Voss got hit by a pitch and the Arrows had runners at first and second. Headley popped out for the second out of the inning but Morris hit a hot shot to shortstop and Graves scored. Brown flied out to right to end the top half of the inning with the score standing at 5–2.

Paris scored two runs in the bottom of the third to push their lead back to five. McClure drew a one out walk to get things started and advanced to third on Nehus’s double to left. Hampton hit a hot shot to second and reached on a throwing error as McClure and Nehus scored. Guaderrama singled to give the Eagles more scoring opportunities but Buchanan flied out to center and Hampton was thrown out at the plate trying to tag and score.

Lavaca came back with one run in the top of the fourth. Brown was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Franklin hit a single to center than got past the Eagle fielder allowing Brown to score. Paris’ defense came trough and got the next three batters out to finish the Arrows and leave the score at 7–3.

Casey Dishongh literally stole his way around the bases in the bottom of the fourth to give the Eagles a five run lead once again. After reaching on an error, Dishongh stole second, third, and eventually home before the Arrows could record the third out of the inning.

The Arrows gave the Eagles a scare in the top of the fifth as they took advantage of players getting hit by pitches, errors, and passed balls to get two runners across the plate to cut Paris’ lead down to three with two innings to play.

Paris had runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth but was not able to get them in leaving the score at 8–5.

Lavaca 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 - 5

Paris 5 0 2 1 0 0 x - 8

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