Eagles win #19, inch to closer playoffs

The Eagles recognized head coach Paul Brigman’s 100th career win earlier this month. | Daniel Bonds

WINNSBORO – The 17-0 Eagles hit the road last Friday for a region game in Batesburg against King Academy. They returned as the 18-0 Eagles, then followed that up with another win over King on Monday – both games ended via 10-run rule.

Friday’s game got off to a slow(er) start (than usual). The Eagles plated one run in the first, then two in each of the following innings for a 5-0 lead.

They added five runs in the top of the fourth.

Connor Little led off with a walk, then Landon Smith advanced Little to second on a sacrifice bunt. Miller Stuck drew a walk, and a double from Jacob Chaisson to right field scored both runners. Charlie Bonds homered to center for another two runs. Rob Wilson drew a walk and stole second. A single from Lawson Wade scored Wilson before the inning ended.

King managed to score one run in the bottom of the fourth and held the Eagles scoreless in the fifth. The Knights closed the game to 10-2 in the bottom of the fifth.

Chaisson drew a walk to start the sixth inning. Wilson was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. With two outs, Landon Caulder doubled to right to score both, then an Anthony Armstrong single to left put runners on the corners. Caulder scored on a passed ball, and a single by Little scored Armstrong.

Two strikeouts and a groundout ended King’s chances of a rally.

Caulder worked all six innings from the mound. He faced 26 batters, allowed six hits, two runs, walked one and struck out nine.

Five Eagles had multi-base hits in the 14-2 region win.

King entered Winnsboro on Monday looking for redemption, and they almost found it – until the fifth inning.

Leading by only two (3-1) after 4.5 innings of play, the Eagles sealed up the win with eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early.

Charlie Bonds drew a walk, then Wilson was hit by a pitch. Bonds and Wilson both scored on passed balls before Wade was also hit by a pitch. Wade took second, then advanced to third on a fielder’s choice. Armstrong drew a walk, and the Eagles had runners on first and third. Armstrong stole second. Little singled on a ground ball to shortstop to score Wade and put Armstrong on third. Little stole second, then advanced to third on a passed ball that scored Armstrong. The Eagles led 7-1.

A line-drive double to center off the bat of Miller Stuck scored Little. Chaisson drew a walk. With runners on first and second, Bonds doubled on a hard ground ball to left. Stuck scored and Chaisson landed on third. Wilson followed with a walk-off single that scored Chassion and Bonds.

The Eagles took the 11-1 win, number 19 on the season.

Wilson worked the mound for the five- inning stretch. He struck out seven, walked none, allowed two hits and one run in 17 batters faced.

Richard Winn traveled to Wardlaw on Wednesday, but scores were not available at press time. They beat the Patriots 10-0 in five innings earlier this season.

The Eagles now await SCISA 1-A playoff seeding. SCISA playoffs are set to begin on Monday, May 4 and will conclude in a three-game Championship series May 16-18.

RW 14, King 2

RW – 1-2-2-5-0-4-X – 14, 12, 0

KA – 0-0-0-1-1-0-X – 2, 6, 2

WP: Caulder. LP: Hill.

RW: Chaisson 2-2, 2B(2), 2 RBI. C Bonds 2-4, 2 RBI. Wilson 1-2, 2B, RBI. Wade 1-4, 2 RBI. Caulder 3-3, 2B, 3 RBI. Armstrong 2-4, 2B. Little 1-2, RBI.

RW 11, King 1

KA – 0-0-0-1-0-X-X – 1, 2, 0

RW – 0-1-0-2-8-X-X – 11, 9, 0

WP: Wilson. LP: List.

RW: Stuck 2-4, 2B(2), 2 RBI. Chaisson 1-3. C. Bonds 1-3, 2B, RBI. Wilson 2-3, 2 RBI. Wade 1-2. Caulder 1-2, 2B, RBI. Little 1-1, RBI.

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