Goshen falls to Tigers 11-1 in five innings

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 11, 2001

Sports Writer

After coming off an exciting victory over Pike County Tuesday afternoon in Brundidge, the Goshen Eagles appeared to be on the right track heading into Thursday’s matchup with the Eufaula Tigers.

However, even with its full complement of players back from basketball season, the Eagles put together its worst performance of the young season so far as they dropped an 11-1 five inning decision on the road to the Tigers falling to 1-3 on the season.

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The game was never in doubt from the outset as eight of the 11 runs Eufaula scored in the

contest were unearned. Goshen starting pitcher Wesley Wright was the victim of poor defense as the Eagles committed seven errors on the afternoon. Wright, who was on an 80 pitch count in his first outing of the season, gave up just two earned runs on three hits while striking out seven batters. Brandon Nickolson finished the game with an inning of relief for the Eagles.

The Tigers scored in every inning except the third as they took advantage of a couple of walks to take a 3-0 lead after one. The Tigers never looked back as the Eagles were only able to manage a solo home run by Wright and a single by eighth grader Brandon Walters for the only offense of the evening.

GHS head coach Chad Dube said he was puzzled by the Eagles disappointing effort following their 10-7 win Tuesday over the Bulldogs.

"I don’t think the kids were focused," Dube said. "The last game against Eufaula (a 21-3 loss in Dothan) was in the back of our mind. I just really believed the opportunities were there, but we swung on a lot of bad pitches at the plate. We were very undisciplined and not fundamentally sound on defense."

The Eagles return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to face Highland Home. The first pitch is set 3:30 p.m.