Meridian Eagles Split Doubleheader at Coastal Alabama

Meridian Eagles Split Doubleheader at Coastal Alabama
The #7 Meridian Community College Eagles went on the road to Coastal Alabama-South for a doubleheader Wednesday, March 13. The Eagles fell in game one 10-9 and won game two 13-12.
 
The Eagles got the scoring started in the top of the first. Hootie Parker drove in a run with a double to put the Eagles up 1-0. After a Colton Hipp single, Kace Garner blasted a three-run homer to put the Eagles ahead 4-0. 
 
The Sun Chiefs would respond with four runs over the next three innings to tie it 4-4 headed into the fifth. The Eagles responded with five runs in the fifth to retake the lead. Garner continued his big day with a two-run homer to put the Eagles up 6-4. After a Davis Ferguson walk, and a Jean Torres single, Donovan Shows hit a three-run shot to stretch the Eagle lead to 9-4.
 
The Eagles were unable to hold onto the lead and the Sun Chiefs tied it with a solo homer in the bottom of the 7th. The Sun Chiefs scored one in the eighth to pick up the win.
 
Keegan Westbrook started the game on the mound for the Eagles. He allowed six hits and four runs over four innings, striking out three and walking zero. Tyler Lantz worked two and two-thirds innings and had four strikeouts and allowed one run. Briar Russell took the loss for the Eagles. He surrendered one run on two hits over two-thirds of an inning.
 
The Eagles jumped out to another quick start in game two. The Eagles went ahead 3-0 in the top of the first inning. Kace Garner got things started with a rbi single. The Eagles brought in two more runs on a fielders choice and a wild pitch. The Eagles added two more in the second. Keegan Westbrook walked, which was followed by a Logan Stewart double to our runners on second and third. Markarius Lee brought them home with a two-run double to put the Eagles up 5-0.
 
The Sun Chiefs took the lead after scoring six in the bottom of the third. The Eagles responded with six runs in the top of the fourth to regain the lead. Parker got the scoring started with a two-run double. Garner followed with a rbi single, followed by a two-run single from Ferguson. Torres would close out the scoring with a rbi single to put the Eagles up 11-6.
 
The Sun Chiefs responded with five runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 11.
The Eagles would retake the lead for good in the fifth inning. Lee got a rbi single to put the Eagles up 12-11. 
 
The score would hold heading into the seventh inning. Westbrook led off the seventh with a solo shot to put the Eagles up 13-11. The Eagles allowed one run to score to bring the score to 13-12. With runners on first and second and only one out, the Eagles were able to finish out the game with a double play to hold on to the victory. 
 
Lee, Westbrook, and Garner all collected multiple hits. Lee led the Eagles with three hits in five at-bats, while also driving in three runs. 
 
Braden Forsyth earned the win for the Eagles. He surrendered two runs on three hits over two innings, striking out three. A number of pitchers entered the game in relief, with Jeffrey Griffin, Luke Wallner, Ferguson, and David Dunn all securing outs and ultimately the victory.
 
With the split, the Eagles are now 9-3 on the season. The Eagles return to action Saturday, March 16 against Itawamba Community College. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 at Scaggs Field.

 

 

 

 

 
Patrick Lovette
Director | Sports Information
Meridian Community College