Eagles Edged Out in First Round

The Richard Winn Academy Eagles baseball team, which squeaked into the postseason with only one region win in the books, were eliminated from the SCISA Class 2A playoffs Tuesday night, dropping both games of a double header at Calhoun Academy.

The Eagles gave up a pair of unearned runs in the first to give the Cavaliers an early 2-0 lead in game one. It would ultimately prove to be all the cushion the Cavs would need as they held off a late rally to secure a 2-1 victory. The Eagles plated one in the fourth when Patrick Pope came around to score on an RBI by Austin Knox. In the seventh, the Eagles had runners on second and third with no outs, forcing Calhoun starter Wyatt Rucker from the mound. Rucker gave way to Zane Gray, who induced a pair of gentle ground outs and a strikeout to end the threat and the game.

Pope went all six for the Eagles giving up two hits and a walk while hitting two batters and striking out four. Four Eagle errors served Pope a fate his performance on the mound did not deserve.

Rucker worked six for the Cavs, giving up one earned run on five hits while striking out three and giving up no free passes. Gray earned the save with a perfect seventh for Calhoun.

Pope was 2-for-3 at the plate with one run scored. Knox was also 2-for-3 with an RBI. Elijah Tucker went 1-for-3 with a double, but was one of six Eagles stranded.

The Eagles also fell 2-1 in game two, giving up an unearned run in the second to give the Cavs the early lead. Tucker’s solo shot in the fourth tied the game at 1-1, but Calhoun played small-ball in the sixth, bringing in the winning run with a single, a sacrifice and an RBI.

Knox went all six for Richard Winn, giving up three hits, two walks, three hit batsmen and striking out five. Tucker McGee tossed the complete game for Calhoun, giving up six hits, one walk and striking out 11.

Sidney Edenfield and Matt Taylor each went 2-for-3 with a stolen base. Tucker was 1-for-3 with the home run, and Cameron Cooper was 1-for-3. The Eagles left five runners on base in the nightcap.