Wednesday evening the Clarke County Eagles conquered the Handley Judges 11-10 in a barnburner non-district match. Batting was the name of the game as left and right hits turned into runs. Errors and pitching were also factors in the high scoring game as the two teams combined for six errors and a total of twelve walks. Fortunately the Eagles were able to hold off a late run by the Judges and won the game by one run.
The Eagles tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first with two hits and two stolen bases which brought home a run. The Judges countered in the top of the third with a three hit, four run inning that made the score 6-3. Errors helped put runners in position to score. Handley’s lead was short lived as the Eagles started pounding the baseball in the bottom of the third with a huge six-run inning due in large part, to three errors and three walks by the Judges.
The Eagles added some drama to their win in the 7th inning. Winning 11-8, Clarke County brought in John Owens to close out the game. Owens did get an out but he also gave up two runs which put the Judges in prime position for a comeback. The Eagles decided to put in Ethan Emmart to try to finish the game. Emmart succeeded in recording the final out with the game-tying run in scoring position.
Key performers for the Eagles were Drew Paice who received the win on the mound and had the highlight of the game with a home run hit over the right field fence that was the one run they needed to hang on. Also Jesse Smoot and Vernon Matthews had good games with solid hits and good defensive plays.
The Eagles look to continue their success against Manassas Park Friday at 5:00