Eagles claim opening day win over Daleville

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Goshen Eagles rolled to a comfortable 20-5 win over Daleville in their season opener on Tuesday night.

The comfortable win allowed head coach Robbie Kinsaul the opportunity to look at a few of his players, including those on his bench.

“You always want to start the season 1-0,” Kinsaul said. “I’m proud of our guys for that, but we see what we have to work on moving forward. That starts at practice.”

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McGwire Stanley got the ball for the Eagles in game one. Stanley pitched 2.2 innings without surrendering a run or a hit. He struck out four batters.

“He threw the ball really well in the first inning on 11 pitches,” Kinsaul said. “The second inning was my fault by not having a catcher ready. We learned about that.”

The Eagles had a total of four pitchers working on small pitch counts.

“I’m proud of all our guys,” Kinsaul said. “They knew they were going to be a short pitch count with it being the first game and with us having a lot of games this week.”

One area the Eagles will like to see get cleaned up is the walks. After Stanley left, the bullpen allowed just one hit, but walked a total of nine batters over the last two innings.

“Bryan (Galloway) couldn’t find it,” KInsaul said. “There are going to be game’s like that. It’s the first game. He is going to be fine and he will be a big part of our pitching rotation. He didn’t let that affect him at the plate.”

Cory Peterson followed and pitched 1.1 innings before giving way to Trason Wilks.

“We have to be more consistent,” Kinsaul said. “I think throwing on the mound and getting comfortable as the season progresses is what is going to help with that.”

The Eagles jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Stanley helped his own cause by singling to center to score Galloway for the game’s first run. Peterson singled to right to score Brock Snyder bringing the score to 2-0 and Peyton Phillips drove in pinch runner Iyan Hinkle with a sacrifice fly to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

The Eagles blew it open in the second inning when they scored 13 runs on seven hits and six walks to go up 16-0.

The Eagles picked up RBIs from Snyder, Stanley, Peterson, Phillips, Childs, Wares and Galloway in the inning.

Walks plagued the Eagles in the third inning. Five walks led to four Warhawk runs to bring the score to 16-4 heading into the bottom of the third.

The Eagles continued to score in the fourth inning, starting when Cage Freeman came around to score on an error to bring the score to 17-4. Peterson singled in Stanley for the Eagle’s 18th run. Dalton Bunce singled in Peterson and Tray Vardamann drove in the final run for the Eagles on a single, bringing the score to 20-4.

The Warhawks picked up their first base hit in the fifth and, along with two more walks, scratched across their final run in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to climb back in the game.

The Eagles will be back in action on Thursday when they host Zion Chapel.

The Goshen Lady Eagles were also in action on Tuesday. They defeated rival Ariton 11-8.

Hannah Calhoun got the start for the Eagles and pitched all seven innings.

“We had not beaten Ariton in the regular season in a while so that was good,” said head coach Amy Warrick. “Hannah pitched wonderfully. I thought she did a good job. Of course there is always something you can do better, but Hannah did really good. We feel good about this team. We had some good at bats and hit the ball really well”

The Eagkes will be back in action on Thursday when they host Zion Chapel.