Eagles jump out early, hang on late for 12-11 win over Mount St. Joseph
Amelia, OH - Asbury struck first with seven runs in the first two innings but would have to hold off a late charge to secure a 12-11 win over Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday night. The Eagles carried a 12-7 lead into the bottom half of the ninth, but would watch Mount St. Joseph load the bases thanks to back-to-back hits off reliever McKenzie Carter. William Blackburn would relieve Carter only to walk the next two batters, making it 12-8. Blackburn would rally to strikeout a hitter and induce a foul ball out before giving up a three-run, bases-clearing double to close the gap to 12-11. Blackburn then rallied to get the final out on a groundout to second baseman, Mark Deetsch. Blackburn earned the win for his effort, giving him a 2-2 record on the year.
The Eagles started strong in the first inning with back-to-back two-RBI hits by Matt Ciolek and Gardner Adams. Junior Luke Temple would then add another RBI to stake Asbury to a 5-0 lead after their first turn at bat. The Eagles would surrender two runs in the home half of the first, but would get another two runs of their own off a Greg Bowling homerun after a Zach Monroe single for a 7-2 lead after two trips to the plate.
Both teams would settle in until the bottom of the 4th when Mount St. Joseph would earn three straight walks off Eagle starter Koby Hearn, knocking him from the game. The Eagles would then surrender four runs without a ball getting out of the infield, trading outs for runs despite an error and all-safe fielders choice at the plate. The Mount rally would end on a rundown when the fourth run scored before the Mount batter would be tagged for the third and final out.
The Eagles would strike back in the sixth inning thanks to an Evan Thomsen RBI single scoring Adam Ward and a wild pitch that would score Monroe. Ciolek would cap the inning with Asbury's second homerun of the game scoring both he and Thomsen for an 11-6 lead.
Mount St. Joseph would get a run in the bottom of the sixth and Asbury countered with a Bowling RBI single before the wild bottom half of the ninth would ensue.
The win moves Asbury to 9-14 on the season as they will travel to conference foe, Alice Lloyd on Friday and Saturday for doubleheaders each day.