Errors doom Eagles in loss to region-rival Elba

Published 11:25 pm Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bryant Stephens fires a pitch against Elba on Thursday.  (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

Bryant Stephens fires a pitch against Elba on Thursday.
(Photo/Ryan McCollough)


ELBA — When it rains, it pours.

The Goshen Eagles found that out the hard way in more than one way on Thursday afternoon in a 7-6 loss to Elba.

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On an afternoon where a steady drizzle fell for the majority of the game, Goshen saw the Tigers score five unanswered runs to hand the Eagles a region loss.

“It is pretty obvious what cost us this ball game today,” said Goshen head coach Robby Kinsaul. “We have been making plays all year long, and we just didn’t get it done today. Errors really hurt today.”

Goshen retook the lead in the fourth on a one-out single to center that scored Kendrez White and Joey Faulkner.

The Eagle added three more runs in the fifth, two of which came on a single up the middle by White.

However, defensive gremlins plagued the Eagles in the later innings, and Elba picked up three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to tie the game at six heading to the final stanza.

In the seventh, Goshen got a man to second but couldn’t get him any further.

In the bottom of the inning, Elba put the winning run on first because of another Goshen error. The Tigers pushed the run across with a walk-off single.

“I don’t know how many of their seven runs were earned, but it couldn’t have been that many,” said Kinsaul. “We gave them some runs today, and have to scratch and claw tomorrow to get a win.”

Goshen will play host to Elba on Friday in the second leg of the region series. If the Eagles win tomorrow, then a second game will be played to break the tie.

First pitch is set for 4:00 P.m.