Eagles soar towards playoffs

Seniors Will Carvalho, left, Jake Clyburn and Luke Martin. | Photos: Martha Ladd

WINNSBORO – After the Eagles wrapped up a busy week in Myrtle Beach, they returned to Billy Ladd Field on Monday to honor seniors before their final regular season home game against Camden Military. The Spartans fell 10-0 in six innings to Richard Winn when they first faced off in March. The Eagles managed to top the March performance with a 12-0 win over the Spartans in just five innings.

Hudson Wade allowed only three hits against the Spartans.

Hudson Wade took the mound for the Eagles and shut out Camden Military for the win. Wade faced 20 batters in the five-inning game, allowing only three hits and no runs, walking one and striking out six.

Carvalho got things started for the Eagles in the first with a line drive to center and advanced to third when Brandon Miller singled to on a ground ball to left. Zack Taylor plated the first run for the Eagles on a sacrifice fly. The Eagles went up 1-0 after one.

Eagle bats blazed in the bottom of the third. Martin got on with a lead-off walk and advanced to second by another Carvalho single. Next, Miller knocked a line-drive single to left, scoring Martin. Taylor followed suit with a hard ground-ball single to left that scored Carvalho. Cameron Bass got in on the action with a hard ground ball and an error by the second baseman that put him on second, scoring Miller and advancing Taylor to third. Austin Lancaster joined in with a line-drive single to center, scoring Taylor. The Eagles plate another run after a slew of Spartan errors and end the inning up 6-0.

While solid Eagle defense held the Spartans scoreless in the fourth and fifth, Richard Winn capitalized on scoring opportunities again in the final frames.

Taylor, Bass, Lancaster, and Carvalho all picked up additional hits in the final two innings, leaving Camden Military in the dust with no chance of return.

John Russell picked up a pair of RBIs in the bout. Taylor, who has quite the impressive regular-season resume, finished the game batting 3-3 with a double and five runs driven.

Taylor heads into the postseason batting .540 with a .873 slugging percentage and 21 RBIs. He’s 6-0 on the mound with a 0.36 ERA, striking out 62 batters in 28 innings pitched. Taylor has three no-hitters under his belt, one from last week’s Spring Break tournament with shut-out relief from Brandon Miller.

The Eagles await SCISA 1-A State Championship seeding, but expect to host Monday’s opener after wrapping up the region schedule with a perfect 6-0 record and outscoring their opponents 70-12 in the six games.

RICHARD WINN 12, Camden Military 0

CMS: 0-0-0-0-0-X-X – 0, 3, 2

RWA: 1-0-5-3-3-X-X – 12, 12, 1

HITTING: RWA – 1B: Carvalho (3), Miller (2), Taylor, Bass, Lancaster (3). 2B- Taylor (2). RBIs – Lancaster, Bass, Miller, Russell (2), Taylor (5), Wade.

PITCHING: RWA – Wade 5.0 IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 6K, 1BB.