Eagles Pound Panthers 11-4

CJ-Cunningham-thumbThe 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.

Designated Hitter Stanley Paice trots home after 3rd inning three-run homer - Photo Edward Leonard

Designated Hitter Stanley Paice trots home after 3rd inning three-run homer - Photo Edward Leonard

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.

Eagles Second Baseman Ethan Emmart smacks a 5th inning single into left field scoring Jesse Smoot from second base - Photo Edward Leonard

Eagles Second Baseman Ethan Emmart smacks a 5th inning single into left field scoring Jesse Smoot from second base - Photo Edward Leonard

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.

Comments

  1. Ken Cunningham says:

    CJ another great article. Dad

  2. Tony Parrott says:

    Outstanding article. Felt like I was at the game.

  3. Softball Mom (Clarke) says:

    CJ great articles written in regards to baseball and much appreciated.

    However, if articles are written regarding baseball, the same amount of articles should therefore be written in regards to the Clarke County Varisty Softball team.

    Softball seems to be overshadowed. If one must apply words of encouragement to baseball the same should be given to softball.

    • Dear Softball Mom

      We could not agree with you more! The Clarke Daily News, with the assistance of School Superintendent Murphy, has offered to mentor young sports writers from within the school system to cover school sports. Our current student writer CJ Cunningham, is the first student to step forward (and we think that CJ’s doing a great job!)

      CJ selected baseball as his sport of choice. Until we have contributors interested in promoting other sports its tough to cover everything.

      We are planning to cover the Girl’s tennis match this evening so watch for the story.

      We invite any member of the community to send pictures and notes about any event in Clarke County (rough notes are OK!) and we’ll do our best to get it into the news!

      Thanks so much for comments!

      CDN

    • Lonnie Bishop says:

      I’ve also noticed other not-necessarily-CDN-staff submitting articles, so perhaps you, Softball Mom, could write up something and offer it.

    • If you feel like softball is being overshadowed then maybe you should write about it yourself.