With the season's bang, bang game activity due to rain outs of scheduled games, team action on the field has in many instances become a four night a week affair, taking its toll on pitching arms and player injuries in general.
Such was the case during the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles battle with the visiting Switzerland County Pacers on Monday, May 13.
Southpaw junior Eagle hurler Alex Schoettmer drew the mound duties to open the action against SC.
Quickly in the first inning, the Eagles found themselves trailing by two with the Pacers picking on Schoettmer early on.
However, the base paths were wiped clean by the Eagle defenders for the rest of the seven inning contest, leaving SC with the two acquired in the opening segment, while the Eagles built momentum toward a final victory score of 4-2 by game's end.
Smooth fielding by Dominique Norman in center field along with strong throws back to the infield, and many fly balls cornered by right fielder Riley Thomas as well as other JCD fielders stayed advancing hopes of numerous Pacer runners over the remaining six innings.
Slow to get their bats in sync, the Eagles scored their first run with two out in the fourth after junior Norman scurried to capture a double, followed by a senior shortstop teammate Brytton Rogers' single. Freshman Tyler Huff out ran an errant throw to first from shortstop ,allowing Rogers to move to third. However, sophomore Allen Hooton was thrown out on a fielders choice 5-3 play ending the inning.
New life generated amongst the Eagles with points on the scoreboard. The Eagles held the Shiner charge. Neither team scored in the fifth inning at bat, and JCD held SC in the top of the sixth, adding runs in their home at bat.
Again the Eagles soared to a new dimension in their at bat in the sixth inning after lead off batter Alex Schoettmer was retired, short to first.
Senior catcher Trent Smith singled. Norman tripled to drive in Smith for the 2-2 tie. Rogers nailed a shot for a single, scoring Norman for the one run lead.
The second out of the inning was levied against Huff, with Rogers advancing to second base. Sophomore Ethan Adams singled to drive Rogers home before Thomas was thrown out enroute to first to end the inning.
Leading 4-2, Schoettmer and company retired the Pacers with only a minor threat in the top of the event, earning the win.