Varsity Baseball · Carlson shuts down Hesperia; Eagles split with the Panthers

The Varsity Baseball Team traveled to Hesperia Tuesday night for a Conference Doubleheader against the Panthers.  In the first meeting earlier this year, the Panthers defeated the Eagles twice by scores of 9-7 and 17-7.  Eli Carlson and the Eagles had difference thoughts during this trip.  In Game 1, they came out and played their best game of the year.  Carlson who started on the mound, faced the minimum batters through six innings as he had the Panthers off balance.  The Eagles got on the board in the top of the third when Noah Deems started the inning with a single, stole second base and scored on an RBI single from Kristian Geelhoed.  The score would remain 1-0 until the 6th when the Eagles would scratch across one more run.  Gavin Mead lead off with a single, stole second base and scored on a 2 out RBI single from Rylan Kerwin.  So the Eagles entered the bottom of the seventh inning with a 2-0 lead.  The Panthers would make it interesting.  With 1 out, the Panthers scored 1 run and had runners on second and third, but Carlson buckled down.  He would strike out the next batter on a 2-2 count and then got the last batter to pop out to the shortstop to end the game with the Eagles earning a 2-1 win.  Carlson pitched a complete game on 75 pitches as he allowed only 2 hits while striking out 5.  Offensively the Eagles were lead by Rylan Kerwin who was 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Gavin Mead, Nick Coalter, Whyatt Ellicott, Noah Deems, and Kristian Geelhoed all finished with 1 hit in Game 1.

Game 2 turned out to be a totally different ball game.  It was a bit of a back and forth affair.  The Eagles would jump out 3-2 lead after the first inning and then 5-3 after the fourth.  That’s when things changed.  The Eagles would give up 10 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning as Hesperia took advantage of some walks and errors by the Eagles.  So with the Panthers up 13-5, the Eagles didn’t back down as they would come back in the top of the sixth inning and score 8 runs to tie the score at 13-13.  It would stay that way until the bottom of the seventh when Hesperia would plate the winning run on a base hit to take Game 2 14-13.  Offensively the Eagles totaled 8 hits and 12 walks.  They were lead by Nick Coalter who was 2 for 3 with 2 walks and 1 RBI, Gavin Mead who was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored, and Kristian Geelhoed who was 2 for 5 with 1 RBI.  Eli Carlson and Sam Deems would pick up 1 hit apiece.

The Eagles are back in action Thursday night as they will travel to Davenport University to take on the Grant Tigers in a Doubleheader.  Game 1 is scheduled for 5:00 PM.