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Eagles score five in first, beat Charleston 9–7

Dalton Nehus began the game with a home run and Gage Hampton reached base four times as the Eagles took an early lead over the Charleston Tigers and maintained that lead in order to capture a 9–7 win at Charleston.

After Nehus’ big fly to start the game, Hampton doubled and Guaderrama walked. A double steal put runners in scoring position for David Buchanan who grounded out to the pitcher but scored Hampton and moved Guaderrama to third. Jordyn Coronado singled to score Guaderrama. Trey Dewitt walked and Justin Hibbs doubled to score Coronado and Dewitt for a 5–0 lead at the end of the top of the first.

Paris added a single run in the top of the third. Coronado reached on an error to begin the inning, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and came home on a bases loaded walk by Payton McClure. The run gave the Eagles a 6–0 lead.

Charleston cut into Paris’ lead in the bottom of the third inning. Hutchins singled with one out and Shelby followed with a double putting runner in scoring position. Loveday struck out looking but an error on the Eagles allowed Hutchins to score and Shelby to move up to third. A passed ball allowed Shelby to score but then Newhart flied out to center field to end the inning.

Three straight walks in the top of the fifth loaded up the bases for Hampton who took advantage of a struggling Tiger pitcher to draw a walk and pick up an RBI as Hibbs scored. Guaderrama was hit by a pitch and again the Eagle base runners moved up 90 feet with McClure scoring and again leaving the bases loaded. Unfortunately Paris was unable to take advantage of the loaded bases and was only able to score the two runs, bringing the score to 8–2.

The Tigers cut into Paris lead in the bottom of the fifth by scoring three runs while taking advantage of Paris errors and some well placed hits. Loveday got thigs going with a one out double. Newhart singled with two outs to score Loveday. Bottoms reached on an error and Newhard came around to score. Ketter also reached on an error and Bottoms scored to bring the score to 8–5.

Charleston added single runs in the sixth and the seventh but the Eagles earlier lead and their own run in the top of the seventh, the Eagles were able to hold on for the 9–7 victory over the Tigers.

Paris 5 0 1 0 2 0 1 - 9

Charleston 0 0 2 0 3 1 1 - 7

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