Eagles fall to West Middlesex
West Middlesex slowly built a 9-0 lead against Youngsville before exploding for a 6-run sixth en route to a 15-0 Region 1 win at Davis Street Field Wednesday.
The Big Reds scored in five of the six innings while keeping the Eagles off the board despite getting multiple runners in scoring position.
Youngsville (2-4 overall, 0-2 Region 1) had two runners reach second base in the first, but one was picked off and the other was stranded. The Eagles stranded a runner at third in the second and third innings as well.
“We got runners in scoring position, we just couldn’t get them across the plate,” Youngsville coach Kevin Hoover said.
The Big Reds (7-0, 1-0) plated a pair in the first thanks, in part, to two Eagles fielding errors. Two more errors in the second helped lead to a 4-run inning for the visitors.
“The kids are playing hard,” Hoover said. “Our outfielders played a lot better today.”
That was more than enough for West Middlesex hurler Logan Hurley. The undefeated senior limited the Eagles to just three hits, walked none and struck out three.
His mound opponents, Sam Hoover and Jason Beers, surrendered a combined 16 hits, but were in command of the zone all game.
“There were not a lot of walks,” Kevin Hoover said. “Sam pitched well.”
Hoover went five innings and gave up nine runs, seven earned, on 12 hits with one walk and a pair of strikeouts. Beers gave up five runs, four earned, in his inning of work on four hits and a walk with one strikeout.
“They have a strong team,” Kevin Hoover said. “They have seven seniors in their starting lineup.”
Ricky Ladjevich led the offense with three hits, two runs scored and four RBI. Kaz Hoffman had three hits and three RBI and Chase Tomko drove in three more.
The Eagles are right back at it today when they host Union City. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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WEST MIDDLESEX (15)
Bowen rf 3-2-2-2, Ladjevich ss 5-2-3-4, Hoffman cf 3-1-3-3, Tomko c 4-0-1-3, Long 4-1-1-0, Hurley p 4-1-1-0, Donaldson 3b 4-1-1-0, Seech cr 0-1-0-0, Stinedurf 2b 3-3-2-1, Zappa lf 4-2-2-1, Totals 34-14-16-14
Mercado lf 3-0-0-0, Beers 3b-p 2-0-0-0, Hoover p-ss 3-0-1-0, DeSimone ss-3b 3-0-0-0, Reese rf 2-0-1-0, Smith c 2-0-0-0, Walton 2b 2-0-0-0, Kemery 1b 2-0-1-0, Victor cf 2-0-0-0, Totals 21-0-3-0
West Middlesex 240 126 x – 15 16 2
Youngsville 000 000 x – 0 3 5
DP-None. 2b-Bowen (W), Ladjevich (W), Stinedurf (W), Zappa (W). SB-Hoffman (W) 3, Ladjevich (W) 2.
IP H R ER BB K
Hurley (W, 4-0) 6 3 0 0 0 3
Hoover (L) 5 12 9 7 1 2
Beers 1 4 5 4 1 1