The Clarke County Eagles beat the Rappahannock County Panthers with an extraordinary offensive performance last night at Singhas Field. The 11-4 victory featured huge hits including four home runs, three of them by the Eagles. The pitching by Clarke throwing ace Drew Paice was also exceptional allowing only four runs. Add in a couple of nice plays in the field and it sealed a great game for the Eagles.
After a pretty stagnant first inning by both teams, the offensive slugfest took off starting with a top of the second home run by the opposing Panthers. Clarke County answered right back with a two hit, two run bottom of the second that vanquished Rappahannock’s lead. But the Panthers would not go away easily as they matched the Eagles with a two run third inning of their own. However, in the bottom of the third the Eagles’ bats got hot quickly as Stanley Paice lead the way with a three-run home run over the left-center fence that was truly a turning point in the game.
Clarke’s offensive prowess continued with a humongous five hit, five run fourth inning. The scoring stretch was kicked off with a John Owens solo home run and concluded with a two-run home run by Jesse Smoot that hooked just inside the left-field foul pole. The Eagles’ hitting cooled in the remaining three innings scoring just a single run but the damage was done. They closed the game out with some tremendous plays in the field, including a nice tumbling catch made by Drew Paice behind the pitcher’s mound.
Other outstanding performances included both of the Paice’s brothers. Stanley had a huge offensive outburst recording 5 RBIs including a home run and also had a stolen base. Drew had a great pitching outing with a four run, five strikeout complete game and had a long double that was just short of an additional home run for the Eagles. Jesse Smoot had a good game as well with a home run and some tremendous plays at shortstop.
Coach Novick was pleased with the win saying, “We had an 0-4 start in our district games so far so we really needed this win. Inspite of all of the rain yesterday we spent the entire day in the batting cage. I think that it paid off.”
Next up, the Eagles travel to George Mason May 4 for a 5:00PM game.