Eagles fall: The Goshen Eagles drop game to Highland Home 7-4 in extra innings on Monday
Published 3:00 am Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The Eagles couldn’t get the big hit when needed it late in the game and dropped a 7-4 home game to Highland Home on Monday.
“We put the ball in contact a lot tonight, they were just right at people,” said Eagles head coach Robby Kinsaul. “I am trying to keep them positive. If we keep doing things the right way, our luck is going to change.”
With the loss the Eagles drop to 0-4 on the season.
“We feel like we should have won the game tonight. It just wasn’t meant to be,” Kinsaul said. “The good thing about baseball is that we don’t have to wait another week to play. We come right back out to play on Friday.”
The Eagles came out firing in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs early. Cory Peterson got the offense started with a base hit and advanced to second base on a steal. Brian Redmon followed up with a single. With two runners on base, Bailey Singleton hit a two-run double.
The Flying Squadron tied the game in the third when Eagles’ starting pitcher Dalton Bunce walked four batters in the inning.
The third inning would wind up being the worst inning in what was a stellar performance for the sophomore. Bunce through a total of 118 pitchers over the course of 7 1/3 innings allowing three runs while striking out seven batters.
“It was indescribable,” Kinsaul said. “If I would have known what was going to happen I would have strategized a little bit different. They battled; we battled it. It just wasn’t meant to be tonight.”
The Eagles regained their lead in the bottom half of the fifth inning when Peterson singled in Mitchell Rushing from second base.
The Squadron didn’t waste anytime and tied the game in the following inning.
Shabby defense and poor base running filled the game’s final three innings, as both teams failed to make a big play offensively.
In the ninth inning, Highland Home sent eight men to the plate and scored four runs off four hits and a walk to take a commanding 7-3 lead.
The Eagles will be back in action on Friday when they host Hillcrest High school in Goshen. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.